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5 arrested after caller tips police about marijuana smell

Five Texas men were charged with drug possession on Sept. 9 after an anonymous tip led to a search and subsequent seizure. The Santa Rosa Police Department received a call from an anonymous tipster on the evening of Sept. 8 about the smell of marijuana coming from a residence off of San Roman Avenue.

When police officers visited the home, they found a 20-year-old man who they would later take into custody for alleged drug offenses. The officers allege that contraband was visible to them during their initial visit to the home. When police returned with a search warrant at around 1 a.m. the following morning, they allegedly seized almost 4 pounds of marijuana, nearly 12 grams of cocaine, $2,500 in cash and a firearm.

Police took the five men into custody and charged all of them with one state jail felony count for possession of marijuana and one second-degree felony count for possession of a controlled substance. The accused men range in age from 18 to 22. One 18-year-old accused man had a prior warrant for failure to appear in court, and his bond was set at $45,000 for the recent charges. Bond for all four of the other defendants was set at $40,000.

Police sometimes make mistakes when they execute search warrants, and those mistakes can render the evidence that they seize during the search inadmissible in court. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help a person who has been accused of drug offenses to petition for the suppression of evidence that was obtained unlawfully. If the prosecution is unable to introduce key pieces of evidence at the trial, its case may be weakened substantially.

Source: Valley Central, "Five people arrested in Santa Rosa drug bust following anonymous tip," Sept. 9, 2016

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