Drugs, paraphernalia and alleged stolen property lead to charges

Drug charges can result from a routine traffic stop, a dog leash violation or a neighbor's complaint about a loud party or excessive visitors. For one man in Clanton, he became the target of an investigation after neighbors complained about the in-and-out traffic of visitors at the man's home.

As a result, according to news sources, a Clanton man has been charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property.

The drug charges come after undercover work by local law enforcement. The police claim that the man sold an undercover agent marijuana and crack cocaine.

When an undercover operation is underway, it can generate evidence. If the investigation does not follow legal procedures, that evidence can be disallowed. The home search and seizure could be disallowed as well if procedures were violated.

The news report does not indicate who else may have been living in the home and whether the alleged paraphernalia items belonged to the man who was arrested, or to a housemate.

The police claim that stolen property was recovered as well. It was however, not indicated whether or not the man accused of possessing the property knew that the items were stolen. Those are the types of questions that may come out during a trial or during any pre-trial negotiations between the prosecution and the defense.

A Chilton County judge set a $160,000 bond for the accused man. There was no word of a potential trial date.

As with any criminal charges, the prosecution will need to prove guilt beyond a reason doubt.

Source: Clanton Advertiser, "Clanton man arrested on drug distribution charges," Justin Averette, April 30, 2012

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