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2 men accused of committing a drug crime in California

It’s normal for a person to feel frightened when taken into custody on drug-related charges in California. However, just because a person has been accused of committing a drug crime doesn't mean he or she is actually guilty. It’s the prosecution’s job to try to prove these charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Two men were recently arrested after being suspected of engaging in drug violations, police said. The arrests were made on a Saturday evening. A 41-year-old man was charged with committing three different drug felonies; these include possessing a drug for sale along with carrying a firearm that was loaded, police said.

Another 41-year-old man was also charged with engaging in illegal activity involving drugs as well as being under a drug’s influence; both of these are misdemeanors. He posted a $5,000 bail, according to authorities. The arrests happened in a park after police began to increase their patrols of the area due to multiple recent incidents in that location. At the time of the recent arrests, police confronted two men; one was sitting in a parked car and the other was leaning into it. They then saw cash and a bag commonly used to pack meth near a driver’s seat.

Police also found extra bags of drugs, two mobile phones, a loaded pistol and a scale while searching the vehicle, they said. However, if prosecutors can’t adequately prove that the two men engaged in criminal activity, convictions can’t be secured in their cases. A charged person has the right to defend himself or herself against accusations that he or she committed a drug crime in California.

Source: pressdemocrat.com, "Two arrested in Sonoma park on drug charges", Elizabeth M. Cosin, Aug. 25, 2014

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