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2 California men face drug charges after fleeing traffic stop

Two men, age 19 and 25, remain jailed in Tulare County Jail after police in Visalia captured them for reportedly attempting to walk away from a traffic stop. A sergeant from the police department said that an officer stopped their vehicle near the intersection of Houston Avenue and Turner Street for a code violation. Officers caught up to the men eventually and arrested them.

Police searched the vehicle and reported finding about 4 pounds of marijuana and 200 pills. An officer said that the 19-year-old man dropped a loaded gun after fleeing the scene. The sergeant said that the suspect was prohibited from possessing firearms and has been charged with a weapons violation on top of drug charges.

His companion faces multiple drug charges as well. The evidence seized prompted authorities to charge both men with possession and transportation of drugs, drug possession for the purpose of sale and conspiracy.

The criminal justice system can be overwhelming and intimidating for a person arrested for suspected drug trafficking. A prosecutor will desire a quick conviction, but a person may gain time to consider options by consulting a criminal defense attorney. With legal representation, a person might gain release on bail prior to a court date. To develop a defense strategy, an attorney may analyze the evidence and try to leverage any areas of weakness that might cause a jury to doubt the claims of a prosecutor. If a plea deal is offered, an attorney may help a person evaluate whether it represents a good option. Negotiations led by the person’s attorney might result in a plea deal that offers an acceptable alternative to standing trial.

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