Law enforcement officials recently arrested four people just outside of Philadelphia who were allegedly dealing drugs. The police arrested the four people after executing a search warrant at their home early in the morning hours while the people inside were still sleeping. The police allegedly found cash, a gun, baggies of heroin and marijuana and a scale, among other things. Three of the people were charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and one was also charged with drug dealing.
Despite efforts to keep people off of drugs, there are many people in Philadelphia who use drugs. The reasons for and the amount of use vary from person to person. No matter the reason though, for most, someone needs to supply the drugs. As it is an illegal enterprise, drug dealing can be profitable and dangerous, at the same time. A lot of money can be made, but the dealers have to deal with rival drug dealers and police who are constantly trying to bust them and put them in jail.
Drugs are prevalent in Philadelphia. One can find a wide variety of drugs including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, various prescription drugs and others. There are people who are recreational users as well as people who deal the drugs. People face criminal charges if they are caught, whoever they are. The charges can range from simple possession to intent to distribute charges for those involved in drug dealing. However, simply being charged does not mean a person is guilty. After being charged prosecutors still need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person is guilty.
Illegal drugs are prevalent in Philadelphia, and each year many are arrested and face various drug charges. Despite the number of arrests each year, illegal drugs are still abundant in the city. However, law enforcement continues the so called "war on drugs." Philadelphia's police force, therefore, still conducts investigations and makes many arrests in an attempt to break up drug trade in the city. This could put many Philadelphians' legal rights in jeopardy.
Philadelphia police make many drug-related arrests each year. The charges range from simple possession to felony possession charges or charges of intent to deliver. The police also use a variety of tactics when attempting to catch people who possess or sell drugs. Police may set up a controlled buy with an undercover police officer. On other occasions, police may use police informants to either make a drug purchase or inform police of people who may be selling drugs.
What may start as a simple traffic violation can result in drug charges if the police have probable cause to make such an arrest. However, prosecutors still have the burden of proving all elements of a case beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be made.