Three individuals were arrested following a drug bust in Laurel. The Mississippi police officers arrested the three after searching a Super 8 Motel room and purportedly discovering several bags of drugs and some firearms. The 25-year-old and his 24-year-old cousin are currently in custody under suspicion of drug crimes in Jones County, and the other suspect is a minor and was therefore turned over to the custody of a juvenile facility.
The report is unclear on what led the officers to begin the search on the motel room; nevertheless, the investigators converged on the motel during the night. Once inside the room, the arresting officers claim to have found marijuana divided into several bags -- estimated to be worth between $1,200 and $1,400 -- along with digital scales and a large quantity of cash. The officers also supposedly found three handguns.
Both adult males face charges of possession of marijuana and intending to distribute the substance while possessing a firearm. The charges that the juvenile faces along with other details concerning his purported part in the case do not seem to have been publicly released. The investigation into the alleged drug crimes is still underway.
In this case, the Mississippi police officers claim to have hard evidence against the three individuals. However, it is crucial to remember that all persons facing accusations of drug crimes are presumed innocent until, and only if, proven guilty in a court of law. As with any ongoing investigation, new evidence could always surface that might work in the favor of the accused. Regardless, the three have the right to make decisions in each of their criminal defenses that they feel best protect their legal rights as well as may be most beneficial to the ultimate outcome of the proceedings.
Source: wdam.com, Three arrested in Laurel drug bust, Charles Herrington, Jan. 10, 2014