Deputies from the Lake Elsinore police department in Southern California arrested two residents on drug charges after neighbors complained of suspected narcotics activity. According to a statement from the police, the deputies conducted a search of the residence and found methamphetamine, packaging, digital scale and other items often associated with the sale of narcotics. The evidence might lead to a conviction for the distribution of narcotics.
The two suspects arrested at the Lake Elsinore home were an elderly woman and a middle-aged man who was on parole. The woman was on probation for possession of stolen firearms and narcotics offenses. The man had a previous conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. Both suspects were booked at the Cois Byrd Detention Center. Police encouraged people with additional information about the case to contact the Lake Elsinore Police Department.
Information about specific charges or court dates has yet to be released to the public. Considering the criminal history of the man and the woman and the nature of the evidence found at the residence, both defendants may face prison time and extensive fines. Whether the evidence was gathered lawfully is a major factor in cases such as these.
Individuals accused of drug possession or more serious drug crimes have the right to representation from an attorney. An attorney may be able to help their client figure out a legal strategy that minimizes potential fines or prison time. In some cases, negotiating with the prosecution for a plea bargain may be in the client's best interests. If a case goes to trial, an attorney may represent their client every step of the way to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected.