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Search near school finds guns and drugs

Following a lengthy investigation that utilized information from informants, police executed a search warrant at a home located near Libby Center School in Spokane, Washington. Due to the proximity of the home to the school, members of a SWAT team stood by as a precaution. One man now faces multiple criminal charges as a result of the search.

The search warrant allowed police to recover firearms from the property on South Haven Street. Police located evidence of other illegal items that included counterfeit money, guns, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. When police execute a search warrant for a particular item, they are permitted to search any space where that item may reasonably be hidden. If officers locate other contraband or evidence of a crime, those items may also be seized.

After questioning three individuals, police arrested a 34-year-old man. Police continue to investigate the other two individuals. The accused had prior convictions for forgery, burglary, theft and trafficking stolen property. It is a violation of federal law for any person who has been convicted of a felony to possess a firearm.

The U.S. Constitution has several clauses designed to ensure that persons accused of a crime are treated fairly. These rights include the right to a trial by jury, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right not to incriminate oneself, and the right to be represented by competent counsel. One way for accused persons to safeguard these rights is to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to possibly assist with the case.

Source: KXLY, "Cops seize guns, drugs, counterfeit cash at East Spokane home," Annie Bishop and Casey Lund, Feb. 22, 2013

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