Humans do not always make the best decisions, even when they have the best intentions. Drug crimes, in particular, often stem from poor decision-making. For instance, earlier this month a man was at a Pennsylvania police station to give information about a case and ended up facing five charges himself, including drug charges.
A police affidavit states that the 27-year-old was brought to several rooms in the Charleroi regional police station in Pennsylvania while he spoke to police about an unspecified case, and when he left, an officer noticed that a bag of marijuana was missing from a counter in one of the rooms. The bag was evidence in an unrelated case. After asking around the station, the officer suspected that the missing bag of marijuana may have been taken by the informant. Another officer confronted the man, who was still outside of the station.
The man then allegedly returned the bag of marijuana, apologizing profusely. He purportedly said that he couldn't help taking it and that he took the bag because it smelled good. According to the arresting officer, the man was incredulous when he was arrested for theft and possession of paraphernalia when a marijuana pipe was found on him as well.
All in all, the man was arraigned on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, tampering with or fabricating evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Drug crimes are unfortunately common though do not usually make as interesting of a story as this particular case. From marijuana to cocaine and prescription drugs, experienced attorneys know drug laws and how to proceed if you accused of a drug-related crime.
Source: NBC News, "Cops: Man steals pot from police because 'it smelled so good,'" Andrew Mach, Aug. 15, 2012