Whenever a search warrant is involved in an arrest, the first thing that most criminal defense attorneys do is examine the alleged facts that led to the warrant being issued. The reason this is such an important part of a potential criminal defense strategy is because when an invalid warrant is used as the basis for a search the entire case could get dismissed.
The validity of the search warrant that was used in a recent case could become an issue after reports indicated that it was based on complaints, apparently from community members, about "drug activity" taking place. According to the reports, the search warrant was executed on July 7 by the Laurel County Sheriff's Department at the home of the 54-year-old male suspect. During the search law enforcement officials reportedly seized cash, a firearm and marijuana. The suspect is now facing a range of drug charges, including drug trafficking and drug possession charges.