On Oct. 17, Alabama authorities arrested two men for allegedly taking part in a drug trafficking operation. The arrests took place during a traffic stop in Brookside.
According to the Brookside Police Department, officers pulled over a vehicle at around 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 22. During the stop, they performed a search of the vehicle and reportedly found a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine inside. They additionally found used syringes, over 200 baggies typically used for drug distribution, meth pipes and straws, lock-picking tools, handcuffs, electronics, raw diamonds, multiple pieces of jewelry, a stolen gun and other potentially stolen items. They also found several hidden compartments in the vehicle that could be used to transport drugs.
The occupants of the vehicle, a 33-year-old resident of Jasper and a 43-year-old resident of Hueytown, were taken into custody and transported to the Jefferson County Jail. They have been charged with trafficking crystal meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of prescription medication, receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools, being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. The younger defendant’s bond was set at $57,200, and the older defendant’s bond was set at $60,000. Additional charges are pending.
Drug trafficking, drug possession and other drug charges often carry harsh consequences for defendants who are convicted. Typical penalties may include prison time, expensive fines, the forfeiture of assets and a permanent criminal record. However, a criminal defense attorney could represent clients as they go through the legal system and work to obtain better outcomes. For instance, by challenging the prosecution’s evidence, it may be possible to get the charges dismissed. It might also be possible to arrange a plea bargain that lowers the charges and helps the defendant obtain a lighter sentence.