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North Carolina couple arrested after neighbors complained

Without question, drug crimes are the scourge of many neighborhoods. Residents who suspect their neighbors are involved in manufacturing or selling drugs are often justified in their concern. However, those accused of committing these crimes have rights that deserve to be protected. A North Carolina couple recently found themselves in the crosshairs of multiple law enforcement agencies after police allegedly received tips from neighbors.

Police say they had received numerous complaints over the past six months about drug activity in their neighborhood. The complaints centered around a particular residence that became the focus of a multi-agency investigation. Apparently, officers began watching the residence. Police conducted a traffic stop when a car left the home recently, which included a search of the vehicle. Reports indicate that police found illegal contraband, including meth pipes, and they placed the 35-year-old woman driving the vehicle under arrest.

During the traffic stop, police obtained a warrant to search the residence. They claim to have found drugs and other illegal contraband as well as a stolen gun. Police arrested a 32-year-old male who was apparently wanted for a parole violation. He is being held without bond, but the judge granted the woman a $50,000 bond.

When police investigate and arrest people for drug crimes, they have to follow the procedures in place to protect the rights of the accused. Often, violations of those rights occur during an illegal search and seizure of one's home or property. A North Carolina criminal defense attorney will know how to challenge any evidence that may have been obtained through an illegal search.

Source: wcti12.com, "Wayne County natives arrested after drugs found inside home", Elizabeth Steinberg, Oct. 23, 2017

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