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Drug charges not the only problems these 5 people are facing

Three men and two women ranging in ages from 38 to 63 were arrested after Florida police officers paid them a visit in The Villages in Sumter County. Supposedly, it was their neighbors who first contacted authorities, claiming they were up to illegal activities. The sheriff's office and a SWAT team initiated a search at the residence, then filed drug charges.

When authorities wish to enter and search a Florida residence, they typically must first produce a valid warrant. In fact, a resident can typically refuse entry to any police officer who asks to come inside his or her home without possession of a search warrant. There have actually been situations where police have forcibly entered private residences without due cause, thereby creating grounds for those later charged with crimes to challenge evidence as inadmissible in court.

In this particular situation, police say they seized methamphetamine and marijuana. They also claim to have found golf cart parts they believe were stolen from local businesses. The windshields, seat cushions, tires and other parts were supposedly found in the attic and garage areas of the home. Police apparently have no proof, however, that the things they found were connected in any way to recent golf cart thefts in the area.

The five people arrested are now facing drug charges, as well as unlawful use of a two-way communication device. It could be a long and stressful summer for them or anyone else facing similar legal problems in Florida. A means to possibly mitigate such circumstances and maybe even avoid conviction is to allow an experienced defense attorney to address the court on one's behalf.

Source: clickorlando.com, "Drugs, golf cart parts found during bust in The Villages", Adrienne Cutway, June 21, 2017

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