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Traffic stop leads to drug charges for licensed Oregon grower

During a traffic stop, Oregon police will look for other evidence of misconduct. People may think that police are just ticketing them for speeding, or some other traffic infraction, but in reality, the police are analyzing the situation. Police are specially trained to look for evidence of other criminal misconduct when they are talking with people. During a traffic stop, if the police suspect that another crime has taken place, they may have the probable cause they need to search the vehicle. These searches frequently lead to other criminal charges including drug charges.

In a recent Oregon case, police pulled over a man for talking on his cell phone while driving. The 34-year-old man happens to be a licensed marijuana grower in the state of Oregon. At some point in the traffic stop police decided to search his car. According to police, they found hashish, several pounds of marijuana, a special washing machines that is supposedly used to make hashish and $1,300 in cash. The man says the money was for his electric bill.

Following the traffic stop, the man was arrested. He was charged with selling marijuana.

In this case, it is unclear what gave the police officers probable cause to search the car. Without probable cause, the search may have been illegal. Evidence found during illegal searches and seizures cannot be used against a person in court. Therefore, when people are facing drug charges, they need to ensure that all search and seizure rules were carefully followed by police. By questioning the police's conduct, Oregon residents may be able to reduce the charges against them, or get the charges dropped altogether.

Source: The Republic, "Southern Oregon driver busted for pot after police pull him over for talking on cell phone," Oct. 3, 2013

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