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Police lied on search warrant, drug crimes charges dropped

Texas police often use evidence collected during raids to pursue criminal charges against certain individuals. However, some of these charges are not based in fact or credible evidence, which can be extremely frustrating for defendants. In the case of one man facing charges for alleged drug crimes, a botched raid led to what he says was a wrongful arrest. The charges have since been dropped.

In 2017, police spent time watching a house they suspected of being involved in drug trafficking. They reportedly saw the same man repeatedly leaving  and returning to the house. They suspected that the man was a specific individual, and ultimately obtained a search warrant for the house. They performed a raid of the house and made an arrest. Police initially believed they had arrested the man they suspected of going in and out of the house, but they had taken a completely different person into custody.

They dropped the charges against the man arrested at the suspected drug house and instead arrested the other person they had suspected in the first place. That man maintained that he had never visited the house, especially as evidenced by the fact that police had mistaken him for another man. A judge finally agreed and dropped the charges, but only after earlier in 2019 the same officers involved in the 2017 drug raid were accused of lying on search warrants.

Being convicted of a criminal charge can significantly impact the life of the individual involved. Unfortunately, even being charged with a drug crimes violation can make it difficult for defendants to maintain employment as they await criminal court proceedings. As such, Texas defendants who suspect that police officers violated their rights through improper search and seizure operations or other methods may want to speak with an experienced attorney about their options.

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