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Traffic stop leads to cocaine charges against Minnesota man

Incidents in which police detect the presence of drugs while conducting a traffic stop are not uncommon. However, police do not automatically have the right to search a person or a vehicle after a traffic stop. An officer must have probable cause to conduct a search.

If a police officer asks to search your vehicle, then you have the right to decline the search. Police must then obtain a search warrant to look through your property. The situation is different if an officer sees a weapon, drugs or drug paraphernalia in plain view. If that is the case, then probable cause may be established, and police may search an individual's property.

Police claim woman linked to drug manufacturing near Owatonna

Few drug charges pose the same level of punishment in Minnesota as that of manufacturing. Law enforcement agents are always seeking out drug manufacturing operations, and arrests made in connection with drug manufacturing often lead to multiple charges. Individuals convicted of operating a production site face a possible decades-long prison sentence.

In April, a woman was arrested near Owatonna for an outstanding warrant issued in January. Now the woman is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. The first-degree charge is a felony in Minnesota and carries a severe sentence. If convicted, the woman will face a minimum four-year prison sentence, with the maximum sentence being 40 years. A conviction could also result in a fine of up to $1 million.

Former college athlete sentenced for drug trafficking

Sometimes good people become susceptible to bad influences and end up facing criminal charges as a result. For example, even if a person's overall intention is good, trafficking in drugs to reach a financial goal will not be tolerated by prosecutors. Regardless of their intentions, individuals facing drug charges can face serious penalties with long-term repercussions.

With that in mind, Minnesotans might be interested in the case of a former college football player who was recently convicted of crimes related to prescription drugs and heroin. The prosecutor in the case said the former athlete and a co-defendant "were in over their heads."

Minnesota police continue to crack down on heroin

In Minnesota, anyone accused of a drug crime can face serious consequences, including a possible prison sentence. Being convicted of a drug crime can leave a permanent mark on a person's record, making it difficult to continue on a career path and enjoy other life opportunities.

Lately, law enforcement has taken a stricter stance against drug crimes in large part because of the rapidly rising prevalence of heroin within the state. Police in Minnesota have frequently reported a rise in the sale and use of the drug, as well as an increased number of heroin-related deaths. Authorities also link heroin use to prescription drug use and consequently intend to eliminate illegal prescription drugs and penalize their users.

Minnesota authorities report rise in illegal drug quantities

According to authorities in Minnesota, drug activity in both urban and suburban areas is on the rise. With increased drug activity under police scrutiny, more people are likely to find themselves charged with drug crimes. However, not everyone accused of a crime is guilty.

Charges related to cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine are some of the most harshly prosecuted, and as law enforcement personnel increase efforts to combat drug possession and sales, individuals faced with drug charges will need a strong criminal defense to navigate the legal process. 

Debate heats up over medical marijuana in Minnesota

The use of medical marijuana in Minnesota remains a hot topic, with many medical marijuana advocates seeking to legalize it for pain relief and other medical purposes. While Minnesota government officials have heard the cries for legalization, medical marijuana activists fear that the actions being taken by the state are not urgent enough, especially for those who need help the most. Some were even taken aback by the governor's alleged suggestion to simply buy marijuana illegally if it's needed for medical purposes.

The possession or sale of up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana, regardless of its use, is generally considered a petty misdemeanor that is punishable by a mandatory drug education program. Transporting the drug across state lines, however, can be considered a federal crime with more serious penalties. 

Minnesota police take aggressive stance on prescription drugs

The modern prevalence of prescription drugs makes them easier to obtain and use than ever before. Criminal charges related to using or dealing controlled substances can lead to fines and lengthy prison sentences. Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota have adopted increasingly aggressive stances on these drug violations, particularly crimes related to heroin and prescription drugs. Users and distributors at every level are being targeted.

Part of this increased police effort comes from the connection law enforcement makes between painkillers and heroin. Police believe drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin act as gateway drugs to the narcotic. In particular, the Eden Prairie Police Department has stepped up efforts to combat the use of prescription drugs and heroin, as these drugs increasingly affect people from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

2 arrested on serious meth-related charges in Rochester

If you're suspected of transporting a significant amount of drugs across state lines, then you could face the very serious charge of drug trafficking. An allegation of selling or distributing drugs can also lead to long-term consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence. In fact, sometimes people with no intention of selling drugs end up charged with a distribution offense simply because of the amount of an illegal substance seized by police.

Two Minnesota men will need to apprise themselves of their rights after recently being arrested on drug-related charges. The young men were arrested in separate incidents in Rochester, though both defendants are accused of meth-related crimes.

Police accuse Owatonna man of selling heroin 3 times to informant

Law enforcement officials across the United States have stepped up efforts to prosecute crimes related to heroin. In Minnesota, a conviction on a heroin-related charge can lead to jail time, fines and other punishment. In many cases, heroin possession is not the only charge people face; increased penalties can result from the illegal sale or distribution of controlled substances. A conviction on your record can also make it difficult to find work and housing in the future, so it is important for you to confront these charges with a criminal defense.

Recently, a man was arrested in Owatonna for allegedly selling heroin. He was previously charged and convicted in 2008 with manufacturing controlled substances and drug possession. If convicted on all of the charges currently leveled against him, the 31-year-old could face as many as 40 years in prison.

Cash forfeiture ordered for Winona woman in cocaine case

In general, drug laws across the United States are strict, and when an individual stands accused of a drug-related crime, it is undoubtedly a serious matter. However, the evidence presented by law enforcement should always be scrutinized for any flaws, and this process can sometimes span a significant amount of time.

For example, a woman in Winona County was arrested in 2010 on the accusation of having sold cocaine to an undercover informant. Police subsequently raided her apartment, finding $53,000 in cash. In court, the woman challenged the cocaine charges and claimed that the money was the combination of income from selling two cars, plus an inheritance she said she received.

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