The production, distribution and use of illegal drugs help perpetuate many crimes in communities throughout Louisiana. Because of this fact, law enforcement officers are especially interested in cracking down on drug crimes. As a result, many people are arrested in various operations and charged with drug crimes.
A 47-year-old Lafayette woman was recently taken into custody for allegedly distributing cocaine and other controlled substances. She also faces charges of possession of cocaine and possession of both schedule III and schedule IV controlled substances. Additional charges are expected to be filed against her as well. The woman has several prior drug convictions.
A probable cause affidavit claimed that the drug charges resulted from undercover work by Lafayette police officers working with an informant. On four separate occasions, the informant allegedly bought illegal drugs and controlled substances from the suspect, including what turned out to be cocaine according to a field test. The informant then notified undercover officers that the accused was selling Norco tablets and morphine tablets.
In early April, authorities initiated a traffic stop to search the suspect's vehicle. With the help of a K-9 unit, Lafayette police confiscated a bag containing a white residue and a plastic container with several types of pills inside.
Any Louisiana resident accused of drug charges faces potentially life-altering penalties if convicted. Even if a suspect has prior drug crime arrests or convictions, that person is still presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Every defendant has civil rights that must be protected before, during and after arrest, as well as before and during trial. For a defendant to face such allegations with any hope of acquittal, an aggressive criminal defense should be planned at the earliest opportunity.
Source: JConline, "Lafayette woman faces multiple drug charges," Mikel Livingston, April 15, 2014