A Santa Paula man faces charges of drug possession for sale following a traffic stop there. According to Santa Paula police, an officer observed the man making an unsafe left turn. The officer initiated a traffic stop.
During the stop, the officer noted drug paraphernalia visible inside the vehicle. The officer arrested the driver and performed a search of the vehicle. Inside, the officer located 26 grams of methamphetamine, 21 grams of heroin, a number of drug pipes and a large sum of cash. They also found a switchblade.
The suspect faces two counts of felony drug possession for sale, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He also faces a misdemeanor weapons charge for the knife. In addition, prosecutors have made four special allegations related to the man’s previous criminal history.
A judge initially set the man’s bail at $130,000, but later reduced it to $70,000. He remains in custody and will return to court on March 13 for matters related to his case.
Santa Paula Drug Possession Lawyer
When you face charges for drug offenses, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drug cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
About 40% of California’s currently incarcerated population has at least one drug-related conviction. Although the state has recently relaxed penalties for certain drug crimes, possession for sale and heroin possession aren’t among them.
That’s why you need an experienced, aggressive attorney by your side in court. The court is unlikely to be lenient in these cases, but an experienced attorney can help you navigate the court process. Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney. Instead, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura drug possession case.
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