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2 face drug possession charges after traffic stop

The very thought of fighting Florida drug possession charges, much less the associated public scrutiny, can be daunting. Regardless, those accused of drug possession charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a criminal courtroom. Nevertheless, just the publication of drug-related accusations in the media can have negative ramifications on an individual's family life, friendships and career plans -- even if the accused person is ultimately found not guilty of the charges.

Two individuals were arrested and taken to county jail due to alleged drug possession, police say. The arrest took place in Walton County, close to the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 331 South. The arrest followed a traffic stop that conducted by the Walton County Sheriff's deputies.

A 31-year-old man and a 17-year-old female were in the vehicle stopped. A search of the vehicle was initiated after a K9 reportedly alerted the deputies to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle. Besides finding a bag of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia as well as prescription medication, the deputies say they also discovered two firearms and around $2,500 in cash.

In Florida court proceedings such as this one, the prosecution has the burden of proving the drug possession charges beyond a reasonable doubt. The serious of the allegations mandate that each defendant focus on the specifics of the charges alongside his or her separate legal counsel. The nature of the original traffic stop, as well as the procedures employed by law enforcement officers before and after the arrests may warrant careful scrutiny. Moreover, the specific location of the drugs and firearms within the vehicle may also play an important role in the defense strategy of each accused individual.

Source: nwfdailynews.com, "Traffic stop leads to stolen firearm and drug arrest", Sept. 6, 2015

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