Every time a police officer conducts a motor vehicle stop they are trained to perform certain tasks in order to learn as much about the vehicle's occupants as possible. With the vast databases at Pennsylvania officer's fingertips, they can often bring up large amounts of information in a matter of seconds, which can result in them taking an individual into custody. When this happens, police will often search the vehicle, which in some cases can result in the individual arrested facing drug charges if the search reveals the presence of illegal narcotics.
Police stopped a vehicle on an Interstate highway for an unknown reason and came in contact with a 36-year-old man. Police stated that initially the man gave them a false name. However, the man later is said to have admitted to his true identity, which revealed that that the man had out-of-state warrants issued for his arrest.
After police took the man into custody, they conducted a search of the vehicle and the man. According to the police report, they discovered marijuana, heroin and undisclosed amount of pills. The man was processed on the charges and was lodged in a local jail on $20,000 bail.
Although Pennsylvania police may have discovered enough evidence to arrest this man on drug charges, there remains a lot of questions as to the circumstances of the arrest that could put into doubt the validity of the arrest. Police did not state why they initially stopped the vehicle, nor did they provide information as to where they located the drugs. These questions, along with others, could cast doubt as to whether a prosecutor can meet their heavy burden of proof in proving that this man in fact was responsible for the crimes he is alleged to have committed.