It can take a substantial period of time for law enforcement to build a case against a targeted individual. Surveillance, controlled purchases and the use of under cover officers can all be utilized in order to accumulate enough evidence to secure a court approved search warrant. When this warrant is issued, and Pennsylvania authorities enter a targeted residence, what they find inside can serve as their basis for the filing of drug trafficking charges.
Police recently arrested three individuals who they claim were part of a large heroin distribution operation. Police had been investigating a 31-year-old man for three years. Based on their investigation, police claim that they were able to secure evidence that connected the man to several heroin deals in the area.
As a result of law enforcement's conclusion, they raided an apartment and took the 31-year-old man, as well as two other individuals into custody. Police stated that they located in the residence a large amount of heroin, as well as several firearms and what appeared to be a marijuana grow operation. All three were lodged in jail and are being held on $1 million bail.
It can be easy to assume that the proper procedures were followed in Pennsylvania law enforcement's handling of this case. However, despite the large amount of evidence that was apparently seized as part of the search, only through a careful look at all the evidence will the proper analysis as to the merits of the search be made. If there are questions as to gathering of evidence, doubt may be cast as to some or all of defendant's culpability, which could potentially lead to a dismissal of the drug trafficking charges.
Source: The Tribune-Democrat, 3 charged in drug bust, Randy Griffith, Aug. 23, 2013