As we’ve talked about on this blog before, drug possession charges often stem from stops that have nothing to do with drugs. Authorities might see a vehicle with a busted rear brake light or a car not making a proper turn signal and pull them over. That’s when a simple stop can turn into much more. Even if the drugs aren’t yours, if you’re driving a vehicle with drugs in them, you could still be charged.
That can even happen out on the water, as a recent case in Vermillion Parish demonstrates. Officials from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stopped a man’s boat after observing he was driving without lights at night. They inspected the boat and found a couple of infractions including a kill switch violation and a personal flotation device violation. Those were the least of his worries, though. Agents also claim they found drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and a .22 caliber pistol.
The boater was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs.
Charges like these are no laughing matter. They can lead to tough penalties including heavy fines and long prison sentences. That’s why if you’re facing charges of drug possession or drug trafficking, you might want to think about speaking with a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can look at your situation, gather evidence and help you present a defense that may be able to help you avoid fines and time in prison.
Source: louisianasportsman.com, “Gueydan man busted for alleged drug possession during boating safety check,” Patrick Bonin, February 1, 2017