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Police: 'Suspicious meeting' led to 2 drug arrests in Berkeley

A primary question in many criminal cases is whether or not police had the right to conduct a search and seizure. Even if a person is found to be in possession of illegal drugs or weapons, the evidence may not be admissible in court if police officers failed to follow proper procedure.

These issues may be worth exploring after two recent arrests in Berkeley Township. Police claim to have witnessed a "suspicious meeting" between two men in a parking lot, and a subsequent investigation led to both men being charged with possession and distribution of drugs.

Both suspects were in the same vehicle when the alleged meeting occurred. According to a news report, police in the area were conducting surveillance when they decided to approach the men.

Investigators claim to have found an undisclosed amount of oxycodone in the men's possession. After being arrested and charged with intent to distribute drugs, the suspects were released from jail.

For one of the men, this latest run-in with police is reportedly his second in as many years. He was also arrested during a robbery investigation in Lanoka Harbor. A news report doesn't indicate the outcome of that case, though a prior conviction could have some bearing on the more recent charges if the man is found guilty.

No matter what the charge is, people who have been accused of a crime have a right to defend against the allegation. In many cases, it is possible to show that police or prosecutors failed to properly process or document evidence, and accused individuals should be aware of their options for challenging the legality of a search and seizure.

Source: Lacey Patch, "Once Charged With Robbery, Lacey Man Now Caught Up In Berkeley Drug Scheme," Tom Davis, Dec. 2, 2013

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