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Explosion in nearby Rancho Cordova could lead to drug charges

There can be no denying that drug abuse in America leads to many different and dangerous activities. For starters, drug abusers put themselves at risk, particularly with so-called "hard" drug use, such as using cocaine or methamphetamine. But, for many types of illegal drugs, in order for the drug user to get the drugs the drugs need to be manufactured. This can also be an extremely dangerous activity, as evidenced in a recent incident.

If law enforcement allegations are to be believed, an explosion that erupted in nearby Rancho Cordova was tied to drug manufacturing activity. The explosion occurred in an apartment complex on January 22, at around 5:30 p.m. According to the initial reports, evidence was being gathered from the scene and was to be submitted for testing in order to determine criminal charges. Two people were reportedly in the apartment at the time of the explosion, and both suffered serious burns and were transported for medical care. To make matters worse, about 150 other occupants in the apartment building were also evacuated until the scene could be declared safe.

For anyone tied to this explosion, the drug charges they face could be serious. Drug possession is one thing, but being involved in a drug manufacturing enterprise usually comes with much more severe penalties as a possibility for a conviction.

There will probably be a lot of evidence to analyze in this case. For the individuals who end up facing criminal charges, making sure that evidence is what it is alleged to be can become a key issue in the case. If the authorities do not maintain a clean chain of custody or do not correctly analyze the materials involved, evidence could be suppressed.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Police say drug lab led to explosion at Rancho Cordova apartment complex," Cathy Locke, Jan. 23, 2014

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