Pennsylvania officials discovered what they believed to be a meth lab after an early morning search of a Bethlehem Township address. Police searched the property and a close-by storage shed during the search of the address. Authorities found a 31-year-old man living in the shed; the man was taken into custody after police reportedly found various drugs and drug paraphernalia in the shed. Police also claim to have obtained a confession from the 31-year-old after finding the drug-related items.
Police then searched the basement of the home of a 52-year-old woman. Police found a clear bag that allegedly contained methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia in the woman's purse. The woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held on $8,500 bond in county prison. The 31-year-old man was charged with multiple drug manufacturing and drug possession charges and is being held in county prison on $85,000 bond.
Police are legally allowed to conduct searches on property pursuant to a warrant supported by probable cause. In this instance, probable cause would be an articulable level of legitimate suspicion that the place to be searched contains evidence of a crime. Here, the story only states that a search was conducted. There are no facts that distinguish the reasons or information police used to form the probable cause for the search.
A criminal defense attorney may look into the procedure used in gathering criminal evidence. An attorney may also even go further back and question the reasoning or base information used in obtaining the initial search warrant used for the properties. The defendant in this case may seek out an experienced defense attorney that will see that their client's rights are protected.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Two charged with possession of methamphetamine in Bethlehem Township, Pa., police say", Lnn Ondrusek, September 26, 2013