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Two California men charged with drug trafficking

The distribution of drugs spans the country and authorities are on constant watch for those transporting the drugs. Highway patrol keeps an eye on interstates for people moving drugs, such as cocaine and marijuana, from state to state. When police catch someone with drugs in their vehicle, even if they are not intent on trafficking them, the consequences for the alleged drug holder can be severe.

Two men from California were recently arrested and face drug charges after they were stopped by police in Ohio. They were on the Ohio Turnpike when police pulled them over. It was not reported why the police pulled them over initially.

According to the highway state patrol, officers seized $2.4 million worth of cocaine. The officers claim they searched the car with drug-sniffing dog after "criminal indicators were observed." It is not clear as to what those indicators were.

The 21-year-old and 25-year-old California men were charged with drug abuse and trafficking in drugs. These are both first-degree felonies. Police say they also face a fifth-degree felony of possession of criminal tools. If convicted on these felonies, the young men face a possible sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $40,000 each.

The allegations against the two could result in heavy consequences that could severely affect their future. Given the seriousness of the allegations against the driver and passenger of the vehicle, a strong criminal defense will likely be their best option for securing an optimal outcome during litigation. Legal counsel experienced in the law as it pertains to drug charges should be able to help defendants better understand their rights as they work toward building a solid defense.

Source: NBC4i, "$2.4 Million In Cocaine Seized During Traffic Stop," Denise Yost, Sept. 22, 2011

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