Portland residents may have access to a variety of drugs. In most cases, it is illegal for people to possess or use these drugs under any circumstances. However, the reality is that people do make the mistake of using drugs and sometimes get caught.
When an officer stops a driver, the driver could be subjected to a search. Whether it is at a checkpoint, border or due to a suspected traffic violation, the search could result in criminal charges if drugs are found in the vehicle. Depending on the details of the situation, the driver could face drug trafficking charges and could endure serious penalties. In order to protect their rights, the suspect should investigate to ensure their rights were not violated in the search procedures.
National attitudes about marijuana use have been changing in the United States over the last few years -- especially now that some states have even legalized the drug for recreational use. However, it is important for Oregon residents to remember that marijuana is still considered an illegal drug in the state -- outside of the medical marijuana program. Furthermore, the federal government still considers marijuana to be an illegal substance. Therefore, people who are caught using, growing or selling marijuana can face serious federal and state drug charges.
When police and other law enforcement officials conduct large scale investigations, they may want to search the private property of Oregon citizens. In order to legally conduct these searches, the police must obtain a search warrant from a judicial officer. This search warrant will explain what evidence the police have that criminal activity may be taking place. It will also limit the scope of the search to a particular location and for a particular reason.
Unusual conduct outside an Oregon courthouse has led to three arrests on drug charges. According to police, three woman were at city hall to pay a fine. When they left the building, court officials claim that the women started "twerking" - a dance made popular by pop stars - and exposing their genitals in public. Officials even reported seeing one of the women urinate in public before driving off.
Drug charges are taken seriously in the state of Oregon. Once charged, a person is subject to fines, jail time and other repercussions.
Police investigations can continue for a while after a person is arrested. Depending on the specific charges, Oregon police may be trying to determine exactly what happened in a particular incident, gather more evidence or find more suspects. Whatever the case, police and prosecutors will work tirelessly to prepare the best case possible against those accused of criminal activity.
Two Oregon residents have been arrested on a variety of drug charges after police served a search warrant. According to police, warrants were issued for two different locations. In the searches of these properties, police say that they recovered more than $20,000 cash, methamphetamine, heroin and two handguns.
Four Oregon residents were recently arrested on drug charges. According to police, they served a search warrant on a residence that neighbors had complained about for some time. The neighbors alleged that for the last couple years, people were always coming and going from the house after short visits. Police say that the neighbors suspected drug activity.
In many cases, police officers cannot enter a property just because they suspect illegal activity may be occurring. The United States Constitution protects Oregon residents from such illegal searches by police officers. Usually, police either need a search warrant or permission to search from someone who lives in the home.