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Traffic stop turns into serious drug bust

Most people, both in Connecticut and across the country have been through a routine traffic stop. Whether it be on account of out-of-date license tabs, an illegal lane change, or speeding, being stopped by a police officer can be an expensive, but often temporary inconvenience.

For some officers of the Bridgeport police force, a seemingly simple traffic stop became far more serious after multiple drug substances were discovered in a vehicle that had illegally crossed into an oncoming lane.

The incident took place earlier this week on East Main Street in Bridgeport. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana and were struck by smoke billowing out of the car's opened window. Upon searching the car almost 23 grams of marijuana was discovered, in addition to two oxycodone pills.

Three men in the vehicle were arrested on drug charges that included possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics, and carrying a prescription drug without its original containers. The men, all from Bridgeport, were held on $20,000 bond.

Although the punitive fines and possible jail time the three men face on account of their drug possession may be daunting, numerous options are likely available to each individual. One, two, or all three of them may be able to secure lessened charges through a plea deal. It may be also possible to prove that the illicit substances only belonged to one of the men in the vehicle.

When a relatively minor traffic stop becomes something much more serious, defendants should take immediate action to begin building their defense case. Criminal charges can often be lessened or dismissed through successful litigation. Working with a criminal defense attorney can make it easy to both illuminate and utilize these possibilities.

Source: CT Post, "Three men face drug charges," Jan. 10, 2013

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