Prosecuting people for drug crimes is a major priority for most law enforcement agencies. Drug crimes often involve physical evidence and can result in profit for the police department that makes the arrest. Unfortunately, having an incentive to successfully prosecute people for drug crimes means that sometimes innocent individuals get swept up in enforcement efforts.
Certain things that you do could potentially make law enforcement officers suspect you of criminal activity involving drugs. The following two circumstances are both situations in which an innocent individual might seem like a potential drug offender to law enforcement officers.
You have a lot of traffic in and out of your house
Maybe you have a very active social life with daily visitors, or perhaps you run a small business from your home. You might even have a history of addiction yourself and volunteer with a recovery program as someone who offers support to others in the early days of their sobriety.
If officers notice a large number of people coming in and out of your house, especially if some of those individuals are known addicts or others with drug-related criminal records, officers may start keeping a record of that foot traffic to substantiate claims of illegal activity.
You have a large amount of cash with you in your vehicle
Maybe you’re about to make a purchase of a small property for cash or buy something else, like a car, motorcycle or even an animal. Pedigreed dogs can cost thousands of dollars.
If police officers pull you over and discover a large amount of cash in your vehicle, they could easily assume that you have that cash because of some sort of involvement with the drug trade. The officers might seize the cash from you during a traffic stop and may not give it back. Even worse, they could use that as potential evidence of criminal offenses as well.
Police officers and prosecutors are often so eager to keep their conviction and solve rates high that they may make inaccurate assumptions about innocent people just because circumstances resemble the circumstances of criminal situations.
The good news is that even if it seems like the state has compelling evidence against you, you may be able to challenge the evidence or develop another defense strategy to push back against pending drug charges.