Louisiana police officers make use of varied methods in an attempt to reduce the amount of available drugs on area streets. One method used is known as a sting operation. During such an operation officers might pretend to be drug buyers, for instance, in order to catch someone in the commission of a crime. There are laws and procedures that govern these operations and suspects arrested in sting operations have a right to a criminal defense, just like anyone else accused of a crime.
In a recent operation, officers approached a vehicle they suspected was involved in illegal drug activity. As the officers approached, the suspects reportedly attempted to flee and crashed into a police vehicle. Officers then proceeded to search the suspect’s vehicle.
The search allegedly resulted in finding a significant amount of illegal drugs including 3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and over 8 ounces of heroin. In addition, there was a 9mm handgun and a large amount of cash. One of the suspects reportedly attempted to flee as officers were placing the two suspects under arrest.
When law enforcement personnel suspect wrongdoing there are policies and procedures that they must follow before acting on those suspicions. There are specific procedures in place regarding the search of a vehicle. Any persons facing charges for drug offenses in Louisiana are presumed innocent until and unless found guilty in a court of law. They are guaranteed the right to a criminal defense. A knowledgeable attorney can review the facts of a case and advise the accused of his or her rights and help to ensure that those rights are upheld throughout the criminal justice process.