A local Baton Rouge rap artist was recently arrested on drug charges. The arrest occurred after agents alleged that they could smell marijuana when he was scheduled to meet with his parole officer.
The rapper's clothing reportedly smelled strongly of a marijuana odor when he was present at the Probation and Parole Office for a meeting with a parole officer. Agents claim that numerous texts in two cell phones the rapper possessed had people asking for drug prices and requesting the sale of drugs from him. Officials also checked his vehicle and allegedly discovered a small amount of marijuana in a baggie hanging from the ceiling. The agents also reportedly found a digital scale located in the vehicle's center console with marijuana residue on it. The rapper has been charged with two drug charges, including second offense possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Those who have been charged with a crime are guaranteed the assistance of legal counsel to help them navigate the criminal system and protect their rights. In addition, the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from any unreasonable searches or seizures by implementing certain rules for police officers to follow when they engage in a search. Generally, officers must either obtain consent, or a search warrant based on probable cause, to look for evidence of a crime in a place where an individual has a legitimate expectation of privacy. Sometimes, however, the police can surpass this requirement according to certain guidelines, such as in emergency situations or when illegal items are in plain sight. If officers illegally perform a search, the evidence they obtain may be barred from subsequent court proceedings.
Individuals charged with drug crimes, similar to the local rap artist in this incident, may want to enlist the assistance of a criminal defense attorney to guarantee their rights are not infringed upon. All U.S. citizens deserve to have the specified procedural protections given to them whenever the criminal justice system is involved.
Source: WAFB, "Police: Rapper SPITTA busted with pot while meeting with parole officer," Amber Stegall, June 20, 2014