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One man faces drug trafficking charges in Columbia

A task force headed by the FBI and joined by local authorities, including the South Carolina National Guard Counterdrug Program, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff's Department, have arrested a 35-year-old man on drug trafficking charges in Columbia, South Carolina.

Based on a report, the task force searched the suspect's mobile home and discovered more than five kilos of cocaine, 280 grams of crack cocaine and a loaded .40 caliber pistol. The task forces said that the drugs seized were worth $17,000. The agents also confiscated an assault rifle hidden behind an appliance and additional drugs in a secret compartment inside a bedroom closet.

Following the search and seizure operation, the 35-year-old suspect was arrested on firearm charges as well as federal drug trafficking.

The suspect's situation is serious because of the quantity of drugs confiscated. Unlike misdemeanor charges like drug possession, drug trafficking can lead to long-term imprisonment and other serious consequences upon conviction. One way to fight charges like this is to seek professional legal advice in order to establish a strong defense.

A person under arrest is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court trial. The suspect can refuse to answer questions during any interrogation by the police while waiting for legal counsel. By speaking with a legal professional, the suspect will have an understanding of the severity of the charges and the potential consequences. The suspect can then decide whether to fight the charges in court or seek a plea bargain to reduce the charges. An aggressive approach and resilient defense can sometimes help the defendant's case.

People who are facing drug charges need to understand that the only way to prove their innocence is to challenge the evidence presented by the prosecution. Failing to do so can lead to conviction and other life-altering consequences.

Source: Thestate.com, "Gaston man arrested on federal drug trafficking charges," Anne-Kathryn Flanagan, Jan. 10, 2014

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