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2 Connecticut residents detained on drug charges

A man and a woman were recently detained and charged with several counts of drug offenses when police allegedly saw them exchange money and envelopes at a Super 8 motel in Cromwell. They were both taken into custody on the morning of Aug. 21 in the motel's parking lot.

According to police, the 23-year-old man and 48-year-old woman were sitting in their vehicles when they made the alleged exchange of money and drugs. Authorities claim they spoke with the man before they searched his vehicle. Inside, they allegedly found a bag filled with 10 cannabis cake pops, 70 packets containing hash oil and 70.6 grams of marijuana, all of which is estimated to have a $5,000 street value.

Among the drug paraphernalia that police claimed they found was glass cooking pipes, butane lighters and 115 containers of drug packaging. Police also reported seizing $10,000 in cash. When the officers searched the woman's car, they allegedly found five packages of hash oil, which she had reportedly purchased from the man.

The pair faces charges of drug possession and possession within 1,500 feet of a school. The man was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory, running a drug factory and selling drugs. Bond for the woman was set at $7,500; after posting, she was released and scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 2. Bond for the man was set at $100,000, and his court appearance was scheduled for Aug. 29.

Someone who faces drug charges might be able to get those charges dropped if a criminal defense lawyer proves that the defendant's rights were violated when police gathered evidence against them. For instance, a violation of rights could occur if authorities do not have probable cause to search the defendant.

Source: WFSB, "Pair facing drug charges after arrest in Cromwell", Kaitlyn Naples, August 21, 2014

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