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Police claims K-9 unit alerted him to heroin in woman's car

A Florida police officer recently made a traffic stop that wound up leading to a woman's arrest. The officer says he initially pulled her over because he saw her commit several traffic violations. The situation unfolded into much more than a typical traffic stop; in fact, the woman now faces heroin and other drug charges in connection to the incident.

During the traffic stop, the officer in question called for a K-9 unit at the scene. The canine officer is said to have alerted the patrol officer to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Deputies then searched the car and claim to have found various types of illegal drugs, including heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and another substance they said looked like fentanyl.

Police say all the drugs they found were in the woman's purse. The woman was arrested and charged with felony drug crimes related to heroin and other narcotics, and also misdemeanors associated with the alleged marijuana. The patrol officer issued two traffic citations as well.

Facing heroin or other controlled substance charges in Florida is no small matter. However, every defendant is guaranteed the right to a meaningful criminal defense. By meeting with an experienced defense attorney before heading to court, defendants may be able to avoid conviction, or at least greatly mitigate their circumstances even if conviction is the ultimate decision of the court. A motorist pulled over in a traffic stop may request legal representation as soon as an officer asks him or her to step out of the vehicle.

Source: nwfdailynews.com, "Santa Rosa sheriff makes drug bust during traffic stop", Accessed on March 3, 2018

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