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Police seize 17 pounds of meth during drug bust

One of the largest meth busts in the Santa Clara’s history took place on Aug. 23. The meth bust resulted in two men being taken into custody and the seizure of about 17 pounds of meth, more than $28,000 in cash and a handgun.

According to Santa Clara police, the bust began after a man who had outstanding felony warrants was seen entering a hotel room. A second man entered the hotel room after some time. Both men then exited the hotel room with a white shopping bag. The police then moved in and took both men into custody. About 13.8 pounds of meth was found in the hotel room while the remainder was found in one of the men’s vehicles. Drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun were also recovered.

One man was identified as a 44-year-old San Jose resident. He was taken into custody for suspicion of parole violation, being in possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance while having a firearm, among other offenses. The other man, a 31-year-old Arizona resident, was taken into custody on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance for sale and transporting narcotics for sale, among other offenses.

Those who are charged with drug trafficking could face serious consequences that could range from a prison sentence to the requirement to complete a drug rehabilitation program. However, there are some defense strategies a criminal law attorney may utilize. For example, if the person’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated by an unlawful search and seizure, the drug evidence could be deemed inadmissible by the court. If the evidence went missing after the defendant was taken into custody, the case could be dismissed altogether.

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.