Anonymous tips lead to drug charges for one Alabama woman

Sheriff's deputies in one Alabama county were led to a home where one woman was reportedly selling drugs out of her home. When deputies arrived at the home, they found the woman, who allegedly goes by the nickname "The Candy Lady", in the home's bathroom. Authorities say she was trying to flush drugs down the toilet. Inside the home, investigators claim to have found marijuana, firearms, and ammunition.

Undercover narcotics deputies claim that a few days before the woman's arrest they received a number of anonymous tips. After receiving the information, they allege that they purchased marijuana out of the woman's kitchen window. The 54-year-old woman has been charged with several drug charges, including possession of a controlled substance and second-degree marijuana possessions. No gun charges appear to have been filed and no information was released as to the amount of marijuana the woman was accused of possessing.

Shortly after her arrest, she was reportedly being held in the Mobile County Metro Jail in Alabama. Bail was set at $3,500 for both charges.

Drug charges are understandably serious. Even if acquitted, the mere allegation of drug charges can taint a person's reputation, but it is possible to build a solid criminal defense against the allegations. Although someone may be charged with a crime, that does not mean they are guilty. To obtain a conviction, the prosecution must prove each element of a crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Those facing drug charges may find it valuable to seek the guidance of an experienced criminal law attorney. The attorney may be able to further explain the charges against an individual and help navigate them through the court system.

Source: Alabama Live, "Mobile woman with sweet nickname faces drug charges," Rhoda A. Pickett, Nov. 17, 2011

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