Routine traffic stop results in drug charges against driver

A good number of Tennessee motorists have been known to exceed the speed limit on occasion when driving. Highway patrol officers and other law enforcement personnel are often on the watch for speeding drivers and will pull them over to ticket them when spotted. Unfortunately, one driver who was recently stopped for speeding received more than a ticket. After a search of his vehicle, the driver faces drug charges after several illegal substances were allegedly discovered.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a driver was pulled over by a trooper for speeding on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County. The trooper apparently noted some suspicious behavior and was joined by another officer to conduct a search of the vehicle. The driver had consented to the search, according to reports.

During the search of the car and the driver's luggage, officers supposedly found an ounce of heroin in a vacuum-sealed bag. In addition, reports show that there were 44 bags with 100 pills in each that were found in the search. While several of the pills were recognized as OxyContin, others had likely been made with an unknown substance and had not been commercially produced. An officer from the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force participated in the investigation. The driver, a 37-year-old man from another state, was charged with felony possession of heroin and schedule 2 pills for resale.

Being convicted of drug charges in Tennessee can bring serious consequences to someone's life. It would be wise for anyone facing these charges to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A strong defense team will work with clients throughout the entire legal process with the goal of minimizing the negative impact on their lives.

Source: citizentribune.com, "Jefferson traffic stop leads to heroin bust", Feb. 25, 2018

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