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Drug charges after driver challenges K-9's right to sniff

On a recent Monday evening, Colorado law enforcement in Montrose County allegedly spotted a driver failing to maintain his lane on U.S. 550 and weaving over the yellow line. Police say the driver, a 45-year-old man with a history of drug charges, was subjected to a field sobriety test during which time his demeanor allegedly seemed consistent with that of a person impaired by marijuana. When asked, the suspect apparently denied the presence of illegal drugs in the vehicle.

Police further allege that the driver challenged the right of a K-9 officer at the scene to sniff the car for drugs, claiming the need for a warrant. However, they apparently informed him that reasonable suspicion was enough, and the dog went ahead and sniffed the vehicle. The subsequent search yielded a firearm along with several containers holding illegal drugs.

According to an arrest report, two pints of whiskey were located along with a firearm holding live rounds. Also, a box containing baggies and a scale along with white powder suspected to be cocaine were seized, along with another bag filled with suspected methamphetamine. The man is now facing several charges related to suspicion of drug possession, intent to distribute, possession of a firearm and traffic violations.

Any Colorado resident who faces drug charges will likely appreciate the severity of the situation. Severe penalties and other long-term consequences can cost a convicted person his or her freedom. The most logical step might be to seek the help of a drug crime defense attorney who understands what is at stake and can work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome.

Source: montrosepress.com, "K-9 finds multiple grams of meth", Katharhynn Heidelberg, Oct. 4, 2017

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