Most people know that police can search a home or business if they have a search warrant. The process of obtaining such a warrant may not be as familiar. It all boils down to probable cause and whether the police have probable cause to get a search warrant. If a judge believes there is probable cause to search for items relating to criminal activity, then he or she will sign and issue the search warrant.
When law enforcement officers are involved in criminal activity, it can affect the public's view of those who weren't involved. In North Carolina, 13 current and former officers have been charged with drug conspiracy.
Avoid Conviction with Conditional Discharge
If you've been arrested and charged with drug possession for the first time (and in rare cases sale or distribution), North Carolina law allows for "conditional discharge" in some cases.
After pulling a car over in North Carolina, the police discovered that a person in that car had drugs. This person was then arrested, police found more drugs in his apartment, and the case went to trial. That court found that the police did not do anything wrong during the search, so an appeal was made, and the appeals court found just the opposite, saying that the police were not within their rights to carry out an apartment search. To get a final ruling, the state's Supreme Court is going to have to weigh in.
Since 1990, drug overdoses in this country have tripled. The increasing abuse of prescription opioids is one of the main reasons for this increase.
Lately, getting both houses of Congress and the president to agree on anything seems like a victory -- even a federal spending bill. However, when President Obama signed the latest federal spending bill on Dec. 16, it did more than avert another government shutdown.
North Carolina authorities say they have apprehended the man thought to be the kingpin of a major drug operation in the area for the past decade. The defendant, who is reportedly an undocumented immigrant, is accused of trafficking cocaine into the Charlotte area from all corners of the globe. That defendant then apparently used the money from the drug crimes to purchase luxury items including exotic cars and a home.
Imagine having the door to your house rammed in, police officers streaming through in order to search for drugs on your property. Now, imagine that you are completely innocent, and the officers had used the wrong address when obtaining a search warrant for your house. That is exactly what happened on April 4, when police officers and sheriff's deputies in North Carolina barged into the wrong home in search of defendants accused of possession of marijuana.
Coming out of prison "a better person" than when you went in is the promise of Texas legislator John Whitmire, who, as Olivia Nuzzi writes for the Daily Beast, is the longest-serving member of the Texas State Senate and one of the "architects" of prison reform in that state.
A 33-year-old North Carolina man has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison on drug trafficking charges after undercover officers purchased more than 100 grams of crack cocaine from him. The man was targeted for investigation on suspicion of dealing drugs by county law enforcement. The U.S. Attorney's office also had an open investigation focused on the North Carolina man and adopted the case after the drug bust was made.