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2 people in Florida charged with drug crimes

A 31-year-old woman attempted to hide under blankets when the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on her home in Destin at 403 Azalea Drive. Also present during the search was a 65-year-old man. Law enforcement officers arrested them both after allegedly finding heroin and crack cocaine in the house. Both people had previous felony convictions in the state, and the woman was on probation.

The arrest report for the search also indicated that deputies seized a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun along with a loaded gun magazine in a safe. Due to the way that the drugs were packaged, the deputies decided that they man and woman were selling them. Written records about debts owed and paid by various buyers were located as well.

During questioning, the woman allegedly admitted that she and the man were selling heroin and cocaine. Authorities filed charges against both of them for possessing controlled substances for the purpose of distribution. A charge of drug paraphernalia possession was added as well. The man, because of his criminal record, also faces a weapons charge.

A person caught up in a situation that results in drug trafficking charges could ask an attorney for advice. Legal information could inform a person about rights before making statements to authorities. The efforts of an attorney might defend a person from an aggressive prosecutor who wants to pile on charges. An attorney could study the evidence to see if it realistically supports every charge. Inappropriate actions by law enforcement might also enable an attorney to get evidence declared inadmissible.

Source: NWF Daily News, "Two suspected heroin dealers arrested in Destin", Feb. 22, 2018

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