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Police conducting a checkpoint may find more than a driver under the influence of alcohol on occasion. This is what happened in Cohutta on Georgia State Route 71 on the evening of Aug. 11. The police department had been conducting a compliance check for commercial vehicles while also looking for drivers who were impaired. A motorist was found to be driving while intoxicated on drugs.

Three people were in the car, and all three were arrested on various charges. After probable cause for a search was found, one and a half pounds of mushrooms were discovered, as well as methamphetamine, LSD and cocaine. At this point, the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit was called in to assist the officers at the checkpoint.

The vehicle occupants were heading to Scranton, Pennsylvania. The driver was arrested and charged with DUI and obstruction. One of the passengers had multiple felony warrants for possession and distribution of synthetic narcotics issued by another Georgia jurisdiction. All three people in the car were charged with possession of narcotic substances with the intent to distribute them. Their car was seized by the police.

People who have been taken into custody on drug possession or drug trafficking charges face serious consequences if a conviction is subsequently obtain. Prison time and steep fines are all possibilities, and the effect of a conviction on future job prospects can be damaging. As a result, it can be advisable to obtain the assistance of a criminal defense attorney in attempting to combat them. One possibility could be to challenge the search that led to the seizure of the drugs as being conducted without probable cause.

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