When area residents read about people being arrested and charged with possessing drugs, they might immediately view them as wrongdoers and lawbreakers. However, these people legally are not guilty unless this is proven in a court of law. The government in Pennsylvania absolutely has to meet its burden of proof when drug charges are in question.
One man is facing this situation after police said the discovered more than 250 bags of heroin in his vehicle. Authorities had pulled him over when they allegedly found the drugs in his car. Now, this man, a Pennsylvania rapper, faces major drug charges.
In addition, the man tried to escape the scene before police subdued him. He claimed that the vehicle belonged to a friend who was actually in the hospital at that time. Police said that he also was found to be driving with a suspended license and was not carrying an identification card. All of this happened after the rapper had reportedly signed a $3 million deal with Atlantic Records. His bond has been set to $25,000.
These drug charges in Pennsylvania must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. In order for the drug charges to be legitimate, authorities who pulled the man over also would have had to engage in lawful search and seizure procedures prior to arresting him. The government may have to prove that the drugs found in the car belonged to the man being charged as well. The person charged with drug possession certainly is entitled to the legal protections that any other criminal receives under the law.
Source: hiphopdx.com, Mac Miller Affiliate Hardo Faces Drug Charges For Heroin Possession, Roman Cooper, Sept. 13, 2013