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4 face drug charges following raid on home

Clay County was the scene of a recent Florida drug raid. It resulted in the arrests of two women and two men. The arrests on drug charges took place after about 5 pounds of pot were reportedly found at a home.

Police served a drug-related search warrant at the home, located along a county road. Through the search, which  took place on a Tuesday, police reportedly found and seized the marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia. Police said the pot was discovered inside glass jars located in a safe in one of the bedrooms.

The authorities claim that several objects, including property that had possibly been stolen and had been taken in exchange for pot, were also seized. One man is said to have attempted to flee the home at the time of the raid by going through home's backyard, but police caught him and returned him to the house. The men facing drug charges are 21 and 23 years old, while the women are 19 and 25 years old. The individuals face various charges, including possessing pot and intending to sell it, selling and delivering pot, and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The Florida drug charges that the men and women face have to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in court before any convictions can be handed down. This standard is in place to prevent innocent people from being found guilty of crimes and sentenced accordingly. If a defendant is offered a plea bargain, he or she may choose to accept it instead of going to trial, with a plea agreement potentially leading to lighter charges and thus a lighter sentence for an accused individual. However, no obligation exists to accept a plea agreement, and there is no guarantee that one will be offered.

Source: news4jax.com, "4 arrested in Clay County drug raid", Heather Leigh, March 2, 2016

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