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Washington man taken into custody during cocaine drug bust

One of the three teenagers who allegedly killed a man in 2008 has been taken into custody during a drug bust. Police say that the man, who is now 20-years-old, was seen selling drugs on the night of Dec. 1 in City Hall Park. Reports say that the man had been out of prison for less than two months when the arrest was made. He had been incarcerated for an unlawful gun possession conviction since Dec. 11, 2012.

Police say that they recovered cocaine and more than $200 in cash when they took the young man into custody. Just after midnight on Dec. 2, officers booked him into King County Jail. After a bail hearing the following afternoon, his bail was set at $25,000. The young man was not under the supervision of the Department of Corrections and has not been charged for the alleged drug incident.

Court records show that the young man was convicted of second-degree robbery in 2010, and, in 2011, he was taken into custody for allegedly obstructing police. According to court records, he was also stopped by police in February 2012 for speeding. Reports say that, during the incident, the man stated that he did not have a gun, but authorities say they discovered a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver.

After being charged with a drug crime, individuals may benefit from consultation with a criminal defense lawyer. That lawyer may be able to help a defendant avoid the harsh penalties associated with drug charges by reviewing the procedures that led to the arrest. In the case above, if the officers involved committed procedural errors while gathering evidence against the man, a lawyer may be able to argue that the evidence is not permissible in court.

Source: KIRO TV, "Teen who killed 'Tuba Man' arrested in Seattle drug sting", Casey McNerthney, December 02, 2013

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