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Two men accused of burglaries, drug crimes

Two people in California's San Diego County were arrested after allegedly committing over 30 burglaries targeting stores, offices and other commercial venues in the area. The two 34-year-old men are being held on allegations that they were involved with burglaries and drug offenses. According to San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokespeople, over $130,000 was taken in the various burglaries.

Police say that they carried out search warrants in Spring Valley and Lakeside where they found evidence related to the burglaries as well as drug-related equipment. They said that they found materials used in a cannabis oil manufacturing business. The two men were accused of commercial burglary, manufacturing of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana for sale. Police did not indicate how the burglaries and drug charges were linked and said they were continuing to investigate the cases.

Drug charges can lead to significant penalties, including jail or prison time, hefty fines and a criminal record that can interfere with future employment, education and even housing. Despite California's legalization of recreational marijuana, people can still face serious charges related to cannabis. In some cases, drug charges emerge from a traffic stop or arrest that was otherwise unrelated; even when the initial issue is resolved, the drug charges can linger on. People who are accused of drug offenses may be able to challenge police and prosecution assertions in several ways.

Police have a responsibility to follow the laws that protect people's civil rights, even while investigating a crime. People who are accused of drug crimes may work with a criminal defense lawyer to push back against police claims. Presenting a defense before trial and in the courtroom might help people avoid a conviction or even see the charges dropped.

Source: FOX 5, "2 arrested on suspicion of burglary, drug offenses", 01/31/2019

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