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Man found with the drug Khat during traffic stop

When law enforcement in Upstate New York sees a vehicle that has committed traffic violations, a traffic stop will be made. As they investigate, it is not uncommon that the officers will see a driver or others in the vehicle who are behaving suspiciously or there is a smell of drugs coming from the vehicle. This will spark a search. If drugs are found, an arrest will be made. Although these allegations can be serious depending on the drugs that were allegedly found, the amount and other circumstances, there are still avenues of defense that can be effective and a law firm that is experienced in providing drug defense can help.

A 41-year-old man was arrested after the drug Khat was found in his vehicle after a traffic stop. The incident began at approximately 1:20 a.m. when troopers spotted the vehicle having committed traffic violations. They spoke to the driver and claimed to have established probable cause to conduct a search. During the search, they found more than 100 grams of Khat. Khat is a Schedule I drug. It is a stimulant that is found in Africa. The man was arrested and faces fourth-degree possession. It is a felony. He is also facing violations related to traffic incidents and issues with his vehicle.

Certain drugs are known to be illegal and will lead to an arrest. If a person is found with cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and even marijuana, they will face charges. Other drugs can warrant charges too and some of them are not widely known. For people who are arrested for drug offenses with these kinds of drugs, there could be a misunderstanding about the drug's legality. The search could have been done in violation or protocol. Or the situation might be that some substances are for medicinal purposes. No matter what, everyone should remember that they have the right to a strong defense.

A man was stopped in his vehicle and is now confronted with the possibility of serious consequences for felony possession of Khat. This plus the traffic violations can cause major problems in his life. Although the allegations are serious, that does not mean he is guilty. Perhaps a plea bargain can be reached or there can even be an acquittal. Calling a lawyer who understands how to defend clients dealing with a wide variety of drug crimes is key to formulating a strong defense.

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