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North Carolina woman faces sentencing on drug charges

A 41-year-old North Carolina woman who pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in July is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 3, according to federal court documents. The woman and her husband were taken into custody on Jan. 11 when police discovered 10 ounces of methamphetamine after pulling their vehicle over in Caldwell County. Records indicate that the woman was employed by the Friends for Animals Humane Society of Burke County at the time of her arrest. She has since been terminated by the nonprofit organization.

According to police reports, the woman admitted to the police officers who conducted the traffic stop that she and her husband had traveled to Asheville to pick up drugs. She is said to have confessed to making several such trips. Narcotics officers say that they had been keeping the couple under surveillance as they made the trip.

The woman allegedly told officers that she sold the drugs in 1- or 2-ounce increments at the behest of her husband. Her husband subsequently pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine charges. Court records reveal that he will be treated as a career offender due to prior convictions for selling drugs and assault with a deadly weapon.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys in North Carolina and around the country may advise their clients to say nothing to police without first consulting a lawyer, and this could be especially true when the evidence against them was discovered during a warrantless search. The courts take the Fourth Amendment extremely seriously, and judges could rule that police violated its provisions when they may have lacked probable cause to conclude that criminal activity would be discovered.

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