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Traffic violation leads to drug charges

Federal and state drug charges in Pennsylvania carry potentially stiff penalties, often including prison time. The severity of the penalty is dependent on the type and amount of drug involved. A conviction for selling or distributing the drugs will also result in more severe penalties. One man is now facing multiple drug charges after a traffic stop in Mt. Pleasant.

According to police reports, a man was stopped by police and given a warning for a minor traffic violation after crossing the right white line on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. After receiving the warning, the driver apparently refused to allow officers to search the vehicle. Police claim they observed numerous unspecified criminal indicators.

Police dogs apparently alerted authorities police to the presence of drugs, and authorities subsequently seized cocaine, marijuana and a .40 caliber handgun. The driver was arrested and charged with gun and drug violations along with receiving stolen property. Should these charges hold up in court, it may be hard for the man obtain a job or receive any government assistance, and he could potentially face additional sanctions such as a suspended driver's license.

The stakes are high in cases that involve drug charges. Pennsylvania residents facing similar charges may benefit from the advice and guidance of an experienced attorney who can scrutinize every element of the arrest and uncover any evidence that could potentially lead to exoneration. Despite the severity of an alleged crime, a criminal charge is far from a conviction, and it is always the prosecution's responsibility to prove one's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source:, "Police seize drugs from turnpike drivers in Mt. Pleasant Township twice in six days", Renatta Signorini, Feb. 7, 2018

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