The Marion Police Department Narcotics Unit arrested a 36-year-old man based on observations made during a surveillance operation in the 1500 block of West DeYoung Street on June 5. After watching a taxi cab arrive at the house of the suspect, police reported seeing him load large bags into the vehicle’s the trunk.
Police soon pulled over the cab carrying the suspect on the corner of DeYoung Street and Halfway Road. Law enforcement called in the canine unit and performed what is known as an “open air sniff” of the taxi. After a positive alert from the animal, police searched the vehicle and allegedly found materials for producing methamphetamine, methamphetamine lab equipment and drug paraphernalia.
Authorities took the suspect to the Williamson County Jail on charges of methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of manufacturing materials, methamphetamine possession and possession of drug-processing waste materials. The Marion Fire Department and state police responded to the scene to assist with containment of the seized materials. Police did not have reason to believe that the cab company or driver had knowledge of the drugs.
Drug charges of this nature typically come with serious consequences if convictions result. A person confronted by this type of situation could ask an attorney for advice. A lawyer may evaluate the strength of the evidence and offer the defendant an opinion about how to enter a plea in court. Tactics such as questioning the reasons for the traffic stop and the legality of a search and seizure might enable an attorney to challenge charges. Challenges based on the claim of violating the defendant’s rights could prompt a prosecutor to reduce charges or even dismiss a case.