November 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- 2 Las Vegas suspects face criminal charges pursuant to a traffic stop
Two Las Vegas residents were recently arrested in Iron County on drug-related charges. Initially, the suspects were arrested on state charges after a routine traffic stop. However, subsequent investigations uncovered allegations, which are more serious.
The initial stop was for a speeding violation. However, in this brief pause, investigators discovered that the motorist did not have a driver's license, the vehicle's registration had been revoked and the vehicle had mechanical issues, which prevented proper operation.
Ultimately, the car was impounded because of the registration issue. During a following inventory search of the vehicle's contents, a trooper allegedly uncovered drugs, including heroin
and methamphetamine. Reports suggest that the officers also discovered suitcases, which purportedly held bank information and a list of names and contact information for alleged drug dealings.
The state and federal complaints note that weapons were also seized from the car, including a .44-caliber handgun, .22-caliber rifle, 9 mm handgun, 12-gauge shotgun and .30-30 caliber rifle. The search also uncovered relevant ammunition for the weapons.
After state charges were put in place, the federal grand jury issued an indictment, which charged the duo with possessing methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to distribute. One suspect was also accused of weapons charges, which include an "illegal alien in possession of firearms and ammunition."
At this time, the suspects are being held without bail.
Whenever a motorist roams the roads, he or she is under investigation for traditional traffic offenses. However, if a driver is stopped for violating local driving laws, a criminal investigation could unexpectedly occur. This happens all of the time in everyday traffic detentions.
In the aforementioned case, speeding quickly evolved into a drug investigation. They now face a wide variety of criminal penalties. Depending on the circumstances, including the classification of narcotics
that were uncovered, the defendants may face years behind bars.
Moreover, federal charges come with strict mandatory sentences of five years or more behind bars for trafficking heroin and other high-level drugs. Furthermore, suspects can face a civil forfeiture, wherein the government seizes property that was acquired by profits from criminal drug activity. These are just some of the consequences common to a serious drug conviction.
If you would like to learn more about drug charges and the potential consequences involved, it may help to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer. An attorney with ample experience in drug matters can help sort through your case.
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