Two Maryland individuals are facing
drug possession charges after they were pulled over by police. The two people were driving
when law enforcement stopped them for what is known as an equipment violation.
It is not indicated exactly why the police stopped the vehicle. The drug
possession charges stem from various items purportedly found in the vehicle.
According to the report, police began to suspect the two people in the
car because they allegedly smelled like marijuana. That suspicion led
to an investigation of the car and a search of the individuals. Police
supposedly found small amounts of what they believed to be marijuana and
the papers used to roll the drug. A strong suspicion of marijuana consumption
was enough for an arrest, but it does not prove that the police allegations are true.
Maryland police then took the two for booking, where they were officially
charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug
paraphernalia. They will face trial for these charges at a later date.
In the meantime, these two have the right to prepare a criminal defense
for their own benefit.
When facing criminal charges, such as drug possession, it is important
to remember that the prosecution carries the burden of proof. This means
that there will be no conviction unless the prosecution can clearly and
definitively prove that an individual has committed a crime. The two charged
with drug possession in this case could choose to fight these charges
using a number of different defense options. In the meantime, accused
individuals are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise.
Source: The Star Democrat, "2 cited for drug possession", , June 16, 2014