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Kentucky resident facing drug charges after search at his home

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.

Man arrested in Lee County could face serious consequences

Credit card theft is a particularly troubling crime for many people. So many Americans depend on these financial tools and the theft of one can make a person experience more than just being the victim of a crime - they can also feel like their precious time is wasted because they have to deal with the credit card companies and make sure that any illegal purchases are wiped from their record.

But, these types of crimes are also difficult to prosecute because there can be a great deal of financial records that need to be analyzed. For a man who was recently arrested in Kentucky on these types of charges, he will be looking at both sides of the coin.

Search warrant required to look through an arrestee's cellphone

Cellphones have become a huge part of life for millions of Americans, especially the newer round of so-called "smartphones." There was a time when these gadgets were bulky devices that simply enabled a user to make a phone call. However, modern smartphones are so much more - most are closer to a handheld computer than a telephone.

As many of our Kentucky readers may have heard by now, the Supreme Court of the United States recently recognized the hugely important role that cellphones, and smartphones in particular, play in the lives of everyday Americans. The Court's recent ruling can be summed up quite simply: in order for law enforcement officials to lawful look through an arrestee's cellphone or smartphone, they must first secure a search warrant.

Police arrest of 13 people on drug charges, other offenses

As our readers have no doubt noticed from previous posts on this blog, the Kentucky State Police persistently and aggressively conduct big police investigations targeting everything from child pornography to illegal drugs. Recently, as the latest example of their zealousness, state authorities wrapped up a three-month operation by arresting 13 people across several counties.

The reports indicate that the undercover operation by the Kentucky State Police was conducted in cooperation with the United States Marshals. Although the details of the undercover investigation probably won't come out until some of the arrestees go before a judge, it is known that several of the arrests were for drug charges.

Alleged online solicitation leads to arrest

When an alleged crime involves activity that crosses state lines, sometimes the federal authorities get involved. That is not always the case, however, and oftentimes state and local police agencies are left to police these activities themselves, even those activities that involve the illusively defined "cybercrime." But, as the instances of crimes involving the use of computers and the Internet increase, law enforcement officials are left with no choice but to do their best to use their available resources to track down individuals who are alleged to be involved in these types of illegal activities.

For instance, according to a recent report the Kentucky State Police arrested a man from Ohio after he was said to have allegedly contacted an underage girl for the purpose of sexual interaction. The reports indicate that the 31-year-old Ohio man developed an "Internet relationship" with a 12-year-old girl, and that the two discussed a scenario in which the suspect would travel from Ohio to Kentucky to meet with the girl.

Driver facing felony drunk driving charges after pursuit

When most people are driving down a road in Kentucky and they see the flashing lights of a police car behind them, they pull over. Failure to do so can make the reason that the officer was initiating the traffic stop to begin with, whatever it was, seem irrelevant if a high-speed pursuit begins.

According to a recent report, one such incident occurred on May 31. The reports indicate that park rangers from Mammoth Cave attempted to stop a man driving a pickup truck, but instead of pulling over the 54-year-old man reportedly took off and led the rangers on a car chase. He was eventually stopped after about 25 minutes when a Kentucky State Police officer joined the pursuit.

Arrest on prescription drug charges could lead to treatment

Most news stories about drug arrests in Kentucky and throughout the country usually focus on police efforts against illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. These are considered "hard" drugs that can ruin peoples' lives with addiction. But, a vastly underreported issue in America is the number of people who are dealing with addictions to prescription drugs, such as Vicodin, oxycodone and codeine. The similarity, however, is that we all continue to ask the same question about the consequences for people who get themselves arrested in this type of situation: Is it better to lock them up in jail, or send them to a drug diversion program where they can get the help they need to fight their addictions?

This very question may come up in a recent case involving the arrest of a 34-year-old woman in Louisville, if the reported allegations are ultimately proven to be true. According to the reports, this woman is accused of visiting a number of Kentucky medical centers nearly 100 times in order to get prescriptions for morphine, a powerfully addictive opiate-based drug. The initial reports indicate that the suspect admitted that she was doing this because she was addicted. As a result, this woman is now facing several drug charges, including a charge of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.

Kentucky man arrested for possession of child pornography

No one can deny the proliferation of the use of the Internet to commit crimes these days - it is a fact of life. However, what some of our Kentucky readers may not know is the many law enforcement agencies throughout the country have dedicated units to police cybercrime, with many placing a heavy focus on catching those individuals who are suspected of being in possession of child pornography. It appears that the Kentucky State Police's unit, known as the Electronic Crime Branch, or ECB, has made an arrest in this ongoing effort.

According to a recent report, a 26-year-old Kentucky man was arrested on May 19 on allegations that he was in possession of child pornography, among other charges. It appears that all of the alleged evidence was contained on the suspect's computer and other electronic data storage devices, all of which were seized after a search warrant was executed at the suspect's home. The devices will be submitted for a full computer forensics examination.

Search and seizure after Kentucky resident consents

If there is one constitutional principal that comes up constantly in illegal drug cases, it is the individual right against unlawful search and seizure. Some drug arrests occur after lengthy investigations by state and federal authorities finally dig up enough evidence for the law enforcement officials to convince a judicial officer that they have sufficient probable cause to get a search warrant. Others, however, occur simply because someone said "yes" when police officers asked permission to conduct a search of private property.

That appears to have been the case in a recent incident in Madisonville, Kentucky. On May 10 officers from the Kentucky State Police went to the private property of a 53-year-old man after reportedly receiving a tip that "drug activity" was occurring at that location. It does not appear that the officers attempting to conduct an extensive investigation after receiving the tip - something that is usually part of normal procedure because most law enforcement agencies generally don't like to rely solely on tips when requesting a search warrant. But, the officers in this case decided not to dig too deep, opting instead to simply go out to the property named in the tip to do what is usually referred to as a "knock and talk."

Computer forensics investigation in progress after recent arrest

Our Kentucky readers have probably seen previous posts here about the computer forensics investigation process that often occurs in the aftermath of a suspect's arrest on allegations of possession of child pornography. This process is common because most suspects who are alleged to be involved in child pornography keep the images and videos on their personal computers. Law enforcement investigations will usually put officials on a suspect's trail, but the full extent of the alleged crimes may not be known until the computer forensics investigation is completed after the suspect's computer is seized.

That appears to be what will take place now that a 45-year-old Kentucky man was arrested on May 7 in Winchester. According to a recent report, the man will face 20 child pornography charges. However, the reports indicate that there may be more charges coming if a detailed investigation of the man's computers yields more evidence. The suspect was being held in the Clark County Jail, but there were no immediate details reported regarding his bond amount.

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