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2 charged with drug trafficking

Two California residents were taken into custody on Sept. 1 while deputies were searching for a third person. Initially it was thought that the third person was still in the residence, though it was later determined that the man had already fled.

Deputies reportedly found a vehicle thought to be associated with the third person parked on Oak Knoll Road in Orcutt. While they were observing the vehicle, a 29-year-old individual who lived in a nearby residence got into it. The deputies then conducted a search on the vehicle and reportedly recovered about one pound of methamphetamine. When the deputies went to the residence, they observed a 28-year-old Santa Maria woman attempting to flee from the back of the residence. She was also taken into police custody. During a search of the residence, two firearms and high capacity magazines were taken.

The resident was charged with possession for sale of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was charged with providing false information and for a probation violation. The authorities were still looking for the third person and were still continuing with the investigation.

Drug trafficking convictions carry serious punishments, including years in prison and heavy fines. However, there are some defenses that can be utilized depending on the evidence associated with the case. For example, a criminal law attorney could determine that an accused person's rights were violated during the search, perhaps leading to a suppression of the evidence that was seized. If successful, this could in some cases lead to the prosecutor dropping the charges.

Source: The Tribune, Pound of crystal meth seized, two people arrested in Orcutt, police say", Tom Bolton, Sept. 1, 2017

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