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Pennsylvania traffic stop results in weapons, drug charges

It is often human nature to make assumptions. Some assumptions, sometimes based on facts, are more likely than others. However, these assumptions, while they may seem to be true, are not actually reality. In many cases, people can be accused of crimes based on this. One woman in Pennsylvania now faces drug charges after a traffic stop led to the search of a house.

The charges ultimately were sparked when officers stopped a vehicle in the early morning hours in early July. It is unclear why the car, driven by a 46-year-old woman, was initially stopped. Police claim that they smelled marijuana in the car which led them to search it. Along with drugs and weapons found on a passenger, officers claim they discovered a scale with what seemed like cocaine in the driver's purse along with a large amount of small bills.

Upon searching the house in which the occupants of the car apparently live, police state that they discovered the remainders of smoked marijuana joints and another gun. Another of the passengers claimed her boyfriend had purchased the gun. It is unclear who the marijuana remains belonged to or if even they were attributed to someone in the house.

While the circumstances surrounding the contents of the driver's purse may seem suspicious, there is nothing criminal about having a purse full of small bills. Officers will need more proof than that there was a substance that appeared like cocaine in her purse to prove the drug charges against her as there are many substances that are similar. In order to convict the Pennsylvania woman of the charges against her, prosecutors will need to prove that she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: Source:, "4 face drug charges in search of car, home," Bob Stiles, July 11, 2013

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