A recent traffic stop led to the arrest of two individuals. Police claim they violated Alabama criminal law by possessing a significant amount of marijuana in the car. Both were taken into police custody but have since posted bail, which was set at $50,000 for the man involved in the incident, and $10,000 for the woman.
A 26-year-old man and 23-year-old woman from a neighboring state were passing through an Alabama county when they were stopped by police. It is not clear why authorities initiated the traffic stop in the first place, and it does not appear as if the two face any charges for traffic violations. One of the attending officers reportedly smelled marijuana while talking with the male occupant.
A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly turned up approximately $8,500 in cash and 17 pounds of marijuana. The responding narcotics team took these items into their possession. Both vehicle occupants were arrested.
Although it is not uncommon for drug charges to stem from traffic stops, not all traffic stops are justified. In many cases, police do not have justified reasoning for pulling drivers over, and any charges that are brought as the result of such stops may be in question. Alabama defendants should be sure to carefully review their charges, related evidence, and other critical information before making any definitive decisions regarding their defense.