Kentucky State Police troopers say that they received consent to search the home of a Calloway County couple before charging the couple with various drug offenses. Troopers were at the Murray home on Nov. 10 to investigate a complaint about harassment.
When troopers entered the 44-year-old man and 49-year-old woman's home, they allegedly discovered an indoor marijuana growing area that contained four marijuana plants. Multiple firearms and various types of prescription medications were also found. Police say that one of the firearms that was discovered in the couple's home had been reported as stolen in McCracken County.
Following the search, the couple was detained at the Calloway County Detention Center. Both individuals were handed firearm-enhanced charges of cultivation of fewer than five marijuana plants, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The accused woman was also charged for tampering with physical evidence, possession of a drug legend, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a prescription drug in an incorrect container. The accused man was handed a charge for receiving a stolen firearm.
When police visit a home without a warrant, the residents of the home are not obligated to permit the police officers to enter their home. A lawyer may be able to help a person who is facing drug charges after an unlawful search and seizure to argue for a dismissal of the charges. Even if the defendant allowed authorities to enter their home, a lawyer may argue that the defendant was pressured or bullied into complying with an unlawful request.
Source: West Kentucky Star, "Calloway Couple Jailed on Marijuana, Other Charges ," West Kentucky Star Staff, Nov. 11, 2015