With Minnesota law enforcement’s active search for drugs and drug paraphernalia, it is no surprise that the mere purchase or possession of individual components used to make methamphetamine raises red flags. While it is not illegal to own the individual components, just by having them could draw unwanted attention from police. Because it is not technically considered illegal, however, no one should be prosecuted for merely possessing the chemicals associated with meth.
Sadly, it appears that two men in St. Cloud were recently arrested and charged with meth-related charges, and some of the evidence that police are claiming implicates them in the manufacture of methamphetamine are possession of the drug’s individual components. In addition, it seems that the initial action that led to a widespread investigation was relatively innocuous.
Police first stopped a 62-year-old man for driving a minivan that was registered to someone that was in custody on methamphetamine charges. Although it is clear that it was not the van’s owner who was driving, there seems to be no reason why the police should have stopped and searched the van. There are many reasons as to why someone else would be driving a jailed man’s van and it could be argued that this did not give police enough suspicion to stop the vehicle.
When they did stop the van, they claim to have found some of the chemicals used to make methamphetamine, but there were no traces of the drug in the vehicle itself. The evidence that was taken from the van, however, appears to have been used with two other search warrants to arrest the two men.
With the harsh penalties that come with a conviction on methamphetamine charges and drug charges in general, it is important that anyone who is facing such charges works closely with an experienced drug crime defense attorney.
Source: St. Cloud Times, “2 arrested during meth investigation,” David Unze, Feb. 28, 2013
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