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2 charged with drug offenses following investigation

On April 28, two California residents were taken into custody following an investigation into drug activity that was allegedly taking place in Los Altos near the Mountain View border. One of the individuals was a 24-year-old woman while the other was identified as a 44-year-old man.

Multiple law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a home located in the 700 block of Terrace Court at about 3:30 p.m. When detectives from the Los Altos and Mountain View police departments arrived at the scene, the man allegedly fled from the home's backyard and ran into a creek. He was then taken into custody. The woman was found in the home's garage.

When the home was searched, authorities reportedly recovered two pounds of marijuana, four ounces of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and approximately 100 cans of empty butane. The woman was handed charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale. The man faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine for sale, cultivation of marijuana and multiple counts related to possession of a weapon by a felon.

The state of California takes these types of drug charges very seriously, and a conviction can result in jail time, fines and subsequent probation. A conviction can also have an adverse effect on future employment opportunities. Accordingly, those who are facing these allegations may want legal assistance in developing a strategy to combat them. Even when a search warrant has been obtained, a criminal defense attorney could question whether the police activities exceeded its scope. In other cases, the attorney may find that negotiating an agreement with the prosecutor that provides for a reduced penalty in exchange for a guilty pleas is an advisable tactic.

Source: Los Altos Patch, "2 Arrested in Los Altos With Assault Rifle, Drugs", May 1, 2016

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