Keeping one’s car in proper working order can be important for more reasons than simply ensuring one has reliable means of transportation. Sometimes, authorities stop a vehicle because it is too loud or otherwise a nuisance on the roads. This was apparently the reason Massachusetts State Police stopped a vehicle recently; however, they got more than they bargained for as the stop unfolded.
Details regarding traffic stop and subsequent arrests
Around 12:20 a.m. the morning of Dec. 20, a Massachusetts State Trooper pulled over a Ford SUV because the vehicle reportedly had a defective exhaust system that was making excessive noise. The trooper initiated a traffic stop with his emergency lights, and he reported the vehicle swerved sporadically before it finally came to a stop. He also stated both occupants in the vehicle were argumentative and not compliant with the officer’s requests. The officer called for backup.
When other officers arrived, they conducted a search of the vehicle under probable cause after they say they observed several items of contraband and weapons in the car. One of the items was a container that purportedly held suspected crack cocaine. They say the search uncovered a total of 18 grams of heroin, various pills and medication, 340 grams of cocaine, a handgun with hollow-point ammunition, and more. The two individuals were arrested on a variety of charges, including several drug trafficking and possession charges. One of them had previous warrants.
Right to defense
Regardless of the potential evidence against the two, each is presumed innocent until — and only if — convicted in a court of law. As such, each man will want to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts. Working closely with counsel will help the men protect their rights and liberties and increase their chances of obtaining the most favorable outcome possible, considering the circumstances.