A woman was arrested on June 23 and accused of drug trafficking after her car was pulled over by police as she drove in the Wildwood area of Sumter County. Sheriff's deputies say that they found methamphetamine, heroin and thousands of dollars in cash in the 2018 Cadillac XTS. The woman was stopped as she drove near an on-ramp to southbound Interstate 95.
During the stop, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office brought a drug-sniffing dog which alerted to a scent of narcotics. The deputies then took the dog's alert as probable cause to search the woman's car, where they say that they found 2.21 pounds of methamphetamine and 170 grams of heroin. They also found $5,098 in cash. The woman was taken to the Sumter County Jail, where she was arraigned on various drug charges, including trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking heroin and maintaining a drug shop or vehicle. The woman was released from custody on bond on Monday.
People who are handed drug charges in Florida can face significant, life-changing consequences. This is especially true for people facing higher-count distribution or trafficking charges, which often carry significant sentences and fines. However, even people with first-time possession charges could have ongoing problems to deal with, from jail time to costly fines to the effects that a criminal record can have on future housing and employment opportunities.
When people are facing drug charges, a criminal defense lawyer can help them to challenge police evidence. An attorney can help people facing these accusations to highlight police violations of civil rights or inappropriate or pretextual searches. By working with a lawyer, people can present a strong defense before trial and in the courtroom to help themselves avoid conviction.