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What led to searches in a routine traffic stop in nearby Auburn?

Most of our Roseville readers probably know that there are a variety of things that they can do - or not do - when driving an automobile that will catch the unwanted attention of police officers. Speeding is probably the most common, but other infractions, such as failure to use a turn signal or driving with a busted headlight, are other common occurrences that could lead to a warning or a ticket. But, for two men in nearby Auburn, a recent traffic stop led to a situation where they will face much more serious consequences.

The traffic stop occurred on May 3, at about 10:40 p.m. The initial reports do not indicate why the stop was initiated, but after the police began to question the driver and his passenger things went downhill fast. The police began to search the driver - again, no reason was given for the search to be initiated - which prompted the driver to allegedly push away from the officer conducting the search and run from the police. He was eventually taken into custody, at which time the authorities report finding a large quantity of heroin in his possession.

The passenger in the vehicle was also arrested on methamphetamine-related charges. There was no indication as to the amount of meth recovered at the scene.

Unwarranted searches are a major problem in any type of drug possession case, and the reports on this case are full of holes from the authorities' standpoint. Was the traffic stop initiated with a valid reason? What led to a search of the driver's person? These are questions that the criminal defense teams in this case will probably be considering immediately because the answers could lead to reduced charges - or a dismissal of the case altogether.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Auburn traffic stop leads to drug-related arrests," Ed Fletcher, May 4, 2013

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