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Man faces drug charges after probation-office arrest

A 25-year-old Georgia man is facing drug charges after he was taken into custody by the state's probation office. The Milledgeville man had gone to the probation office in order to check in at a scheduled meeting with his probation officer. Before being allowed to enter the meeting, he was searched for the presence of weapons. Even though no weapons were discovered, the probation officer later ordered the man to turn out the pockets of his pants. During that time, the officer said that he noticed a small plastic packet containing a white powder.

The probation officer reportedly grabbed the baggie from the man and questioned him about its contents. According to police, the man immediately admitted that the bag contained cocaine. After confiscating the bag, sheriff's deputies arrested the man, taking him to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center where he was jailed. The man is now facing drug charges, accused of possession of cocaine in violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. It was not reported why the man was initially on probation or if this was also related to drug allegations.

A conviction for drug offenses can have a significant effect on a person's life. People may face jail or prison time, hefty fines and a felony criminal record that could hinder their ability to seek future employment, housing or education. This can be especially true for a second or later arrest or if a person is charged with drug crimes while on parole or probation.

People who are facing accusations of drug crimes might work with a criminal defense attorney to challenge these allegations before trial as well as in the courtroom. This can include challenging questionable police practices or inaccurate prosecution narratives, as a strong defense may help people to face lower charges or even avoid a conviction.

Source: Union Recorder, "Man arrested on cocaine charge", Billy Hobbs, 12/26/2018

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