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Drug crimes: 2 facing charges after traffic stop

Many North Dakota drivers use their high beams while driving at night. Despite the knowledge that the beams should be dimmed when approaching another vehicle, drivers sometimes forget to do this. A driver was recently stopped after failing to dim his high beams, yet found himself facing charges for multiple drug crimes after the traffic stop.

According to reports from the police, a 34-year-old man was driving early one morning when officers stopped him for failing to dim his headlights. During this time, officers purportedly detected the smell of marijuana from the car. Police officers then searched the vehicle and allegedly discovered a half-pound of methamphetamine, a loaded handgun, an ounce of heroin, a pound of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

The man was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver while having a firearm as well as unlawful possession of a firearm by a violent felon. He also faces charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false information to law enforcement. A passenger in the car, a 46-year-old woman, was also charged with possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possessing drug paraphernalia.

A search warrant was later executed at the man's home. Police allegedly found THC wax, a handgun, ammunition and hydrocodone pills. The man supposedly did not have a prescription for the medication.

Being charged with drug crimes in the state of North Dakota should be taken seriously. A conviction of these crimes could mean large monetary fines or significant time in jail. Anyone facing drug charges has the right to present a rigorous defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help clients understand the charges against them and develop the best defense possible. A lawyer will work to try to keep the negative impact on a client's life to a minimum.

Source:, "Williston residents had half-pound of meth, pound of marijuana when arrested in Walsh County, charges say", April Baumgarten, Jan. 3, 2018

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