Michigan Drug Bust Results from 911 Call Followed by Search of Home
September 15, 2016
by The Law Office of Steven L. Schwartz
Earlier this month, a 911 call led police to an apartment complex and eventually resulted in police arresting four men, two for drug charges and two others for violations of probation or parole. Police used the information obtained through the woman’s call to locate the men, which eventually led to the discovery of 2.5 pounds of marijuana, $25,000 in cash, and various other drugs.
According to a local news source reporting on the arrests, police received a 911 call from an intoxicated woman who was seeking police assistance. As police responded, the woman remained on the line and eventually told operators that someone on location had a gun. When police arrived, they knocked on the door, and the man they were seeking came to the door. When asked, he showed the officers where the gun was located.
After the discovery of the weapon, police conducted an in-depth search, yielding a large sum of cash and drugs.
What Information Can Police Use When Conducting an Investigation? Police are bound by rules set out in the Michigan and United States Constitutions. When police effectuate a seizure of evidence or an arrest based on a violation of these constitutional principles, the evidence seized must be suppressed by a court hearing the case against the accused. However, whether or not a police officer violated the Constitution is often a hard-fought issue that can make or break a case, and prosecutors do not take these arguments lightly.
In the case above, police relied on the tip of a woman who had verified her identity. This allowed police to show up to the home and knock on the man’s door. In fact, police do not need any level of suspicion to knock on someone’s door. Once the man answered the door, the police asked him where the weapon was. At this point, the man consented to the police officer’s request and allowed them inside his home. Since he allowed police into his home, it is unlikely that he will later be able to claim that the search was an illegal one.
As a general rule, when police obtain valid consent to search, a person claiming the search is illegal loses the right to make that argument, since they actually gave the permission themselves. Of course, this rule is subject to important exceptions, and anyone facing criminal charges based on what could be an illegal search should seek out a dedicated Michigan criminal defense attorney.
Have You Been Arrested in Michigan? If you or a loved one has recently been arrested and charged with a drug crime in Michigan, you should contact Attorney Steven Schwartz to discuss your case. With years of experience successfully representing clients in all kinds of criminal prosecutions, Attorney Schwartz has the experience and dedication necessary to zealously defend his clients against whichever charges they face. Call (248) 266-8720 to set up a free consultation with Attorney Schwartz today.
- The Definition of “Distributing Drugs” May Be Broader than Most Realize under Michigan Law, Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog, published August 31, 2016.
- Woman Convicted of Second-Degree Murder for Death of Her Daughter after DUI Accident, Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog, published August 15, 2016.