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Police raid students' apartment, arrest roommates

Three students at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania were arrested early in the morning of Sep. 23 after police raided their apartment and said they found marijuana. Few details are available, including the amount of marijuana officers allegedly found or what evidence they had against the students to justify their receiving a search warrant of their home. However, it appears likely authorities will attempt to paint the three, all of whom play on the IUP football team, as co-conspirators in a marijuana distribution scheme.

The raid on the suspects' apartment took place around 1:30 a.m., several hours after the IUP team suffered a close lost to rival California University of Pennsylvania. Following a search of the apartment, the three suspects were arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver. They range in age from 20 to 22.

If prosecutors file former charges against them, they will likely add charges of conspiracy, money laundering and other crimes. That is because prosecutors like to add a variety of charges in drug cases, perhaps to add pressure on defendants to accept a plea agreement rather than take the case to trial.

On the other hand, one thing a defense attorney would investigate in a case like this one is whether the search warrant was proper. Errors or untruths in the warrant could invalidate the search or arrests. This is important to prevent law enforcement from conducting searches of people's homes without evidence to support a suspicion that a crime is taking place.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "IUP gridders busted for pot," Sep. 24, 2012

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