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Pennsylvania man facing multiple drug charges after house search

Pennsylvania residents likely read or hear about a new crime every single day. In some cases, people are pulled over in routine traffic stops and are hauled into police stations because drugs were found in their cars. In some cases, a search warrant is served at a residence where authorities have reason to believe there is some form of criminal activity taking place. This can often result in drug charges for the person who owns the house, as well as anyone inside the home at the time of the search.

After a search warrant was served at a 24-year-old Pennsylvania man's home, he was apprehended and taken to the police station. Supposedly, authorities found a handgun inside the residence during their search that they suspect was recently reported stolen. Authorities are sending the gun to a crime lab for analysis.

Authorities also say that they found cocaine and crack inside sandwich bags that had been placed inside a tennis shoe. Police say that there was roughly 77 grams of cocaine, which amounts to nearly $8,000 on the street. The man is now facing multiple possession charges for drug paraphernalia and controlled substances.

Even when it seems that all hope is lost, there are still options. For starters, the evidence that the prosecution brings forward needs to be carefully reviewed to ensure that it is admissible. Evidence can be deemed inadmissible for a number of reasons, including problems that can arise concerning the validity of search warrants. If it is determined that the evidence the prosecution has against an accused individual is admissible and is enough to warrant a conviction, it may still be possible to negotiate a plea deal that results in reduced drug charges or lesser penalties.

Source: goerie.com, "Man arraigned on charges in Erie drug probe", March 5, 2015

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