When people in an area learn that local people have been arrested and charged with drug possession, they may automatically consider them to be in the wrong. Those individuals who have been charged, though, are still innocent unless their guilt is proven in court. The Pennsylvania government has the burden of proof when someone faces drug charges, and this is the case of several individuals who were recently arrested during a raid in Pennsylvania.
Police arrested multiple men and charged them with drug possession after raiding three homes in Pennsylvania. The raid led to three arrests. Authorities found not only drugs but also a handgun and money.
Police had conducted a drug investigation in the area prior to facilitating the drug raid. One of the men, a 32-year-old, was charged with possessing methamphetamine. A 35-year-old also was charged with drug paraphernalia that was associated with methamphetamine. A third man -- a 28-year-old -- was charged with possession of heroin and psilocybin mushrooms; he also was charged with having an intention to deliver these drugs as well as for manufacturing the mushrooms.
The multiple drug charges that these men face must be proved in Pennsylvania beyond a reasonable doubt. The process that police used to search the individuals' homes before arresting them on drug charges has to be reasonable as well. Just like any other person who is accused of a crime, the three men who face various drug-related charges have the right to defend themselves and take advantage of legal protections afforded to them under the law in Pennsylvania.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, Arrests Made In Local Drug Sweep, Tony Rhodin, Sept. 20, 2013