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Grand Ridge man faces drug possession charges

As many Florida residents know, being accused of drug possession is a serious offense but just because an individual is charged does not imply his or her guilt. A 24-year-old man was arrested on a recent Tuesday and charged with drug possession. The man was allegedly seen hiding a bag containing what was suspected to be methamphetamine as well as related drug paraphernalia in close proximity to a barn located in Jackson County.

Officers were alerted to a location after receiving a report from a witness who claimed that a man had stashed a suspicious looking bag, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Upon their arrival, the officers inspected the bag. They found 17.6 grams of what was suspected to be methamphetamine as well as a quarter-gram of what appeared to be a highly concentrated and pure form of the drug. Additionally, officers found drug paraphernalia related to smoking methamphetamine.

While the officers were in the process of securing the evidence, the suspect returned to the location. He was arrested summarily after he was positively identified as the suspect who had stashed the bag. The man was taken to the local county jail.

When an individual in Florida is charged with drug possession, the consequences of a conviction could seriously impact and alter his or her life. However, an accusation of criminal conduct is merely that -- an accusation. Unless prosecutors are successful in proving the charges beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal court, no conviction is possible. This standard is set intentionally high in order to help prevent the conviction of innocent people.  

Source: jcfloridan.com, "Man charged with drug possession", Deborah Buckhalter, Aug. 12, 2015

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