No one ever plans to get arrested for a drug crime, but if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time -- or if you're spending time with the wrong people -- it's certainly possible. It's also possible to be wrongly accused of a drug crime you didn't commit.
Whether the individuals accused in a recent drug bust were innocent or not remains to be seen. Here's what we know so far:
- On Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, it was announced that the Belmont County Sheriff's Office arrested two individuals in Richland Township on alleged drug charges.
- The arrested individuals were a 30-year-old man from Cleveland and a 20-year-old woman.
- The man was on parole, and this arrest represents his third arrest within the area during a four-year period.
- The woman had an outstanding arrest warrant pending in Cuyahoga County.
- Police arrested both suspects after obtaining a search warrant.
- During the arrest, authorities claim they found 7 grams of heroin, over $1,000 in cash and alleged drug paraphernalia.
- The man was charged with drug trafficking and four other crimes.
- The woman was charged with drug trafficking and complicity.
It should be stressed that the above information represents only one side of the facts. No matter what the newspapers publish about an arrest and criminal charges, the accused individuals will remain innocent until (and only if) the prosecution proves them to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court -- or, until they confess to the crimes. If you've been accused of a drug crime, make sure you seek advice from a qualified criminal defense attorney who can help defend you against the allegations in court.