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Traffic stop leads to drug charges

Two Florida residents were taken into custody by police on drug possession and trafficking charges on March 23. According to authorities in Fort Walton Beach, a Ford Mustang was stopped for a tint violation after receiving word that it could contain narcotics. A search revealed that there was marijuana and drug paraphernalia scales as well as 17 grams of methamphetamine.

This led to police searching the hotel room of a 33-year-old woman who was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. During the search, authorities found hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia. After police arrived at the motel room at Sea Breeze Inn, they took a 23-year-old man into custody and issued him a notice to appear in court on a marijuana possession charge. Authorities say that the investigation into the case is still ongoing.

A conviction on drug charges could lead to significant penalties. These penalties may make it harder to get a job, go to school or parent a child. In some cases, a person may spend several years or decades in prison. A fine, community service and probation may also be part of a sentence for possessing drugs or being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Consulting with an attorney may make it possible to obtain a favorable outcome. An attorney may be able to have evidence suppressed in an effort to weaken the case against that person. Other ways to get a favorable outcome could include casting doubt on witness testimony or physical evidence. Plea deals may allow a defendant to avoid some or all penalties in exchange for completing a drug diversion program and otherwise staying out of trouble for a period of time.

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