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South Carolina officials detain 6 on drug charges

On Dec. 18, police detained six individuals in Myrtle Beach for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking and other drug-related activities. Three searches executed by police allegedly yielded several controlled substances linked to the six individuals, including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Along with the drugs, police claim that they seized two firearms, items consistent with drug distribution, such as scales an baggies, and thousands of dollars in cash.

Police detained the six people, three men and three women, on Highway 15, authorities reported. The youngest of the six was 23-years old, and the oldest was 35 years old. All six were booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on drug charges, reportedly. Police claimed that they did possess probable cause to suspect the three searches would turn up narcotics and firearms belonging to the six individuals ultimately detained.

Individuals who are charged with drug-related offenses face possible imprisonment and fines if convicted. However, attorneys retained to provide criminal defense may review the entirety of the case, including the purported probable cause with which law enforcement officers executed the searches leading to the charges. Moreover, the defense lawyers may scrutinize all of the information and evidence comprising the state's case.

In this way, defense attorneys may expose weakness, inconsistencies and contradictions capable of dooming the prosecution's case. When fundamental elements of a criminal case, such as investigative work by police and allegedly inculpating evidence, do not pass muster, prosecutors may be forced to drop the charges or risk defeat in trial. For, the burden of proof is so demanding in criminal cases that accused individuals may avoid conviction if their charges are shown to built on a fault, such as dubitable evidence or a specious probable cause.

Source: WMBF, "6 people jailed following Myrtle Beach drug bust", Brooke Holden, December 23, 2014

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