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Man arrested for shoplifting now faces drug charges

Police have apprehended a man they believe to be guilty of shoplifting as well as drug possession. Georgia police say they arrested the 55-year-old man on Dec. 9. He now faces shoplifting and drug charges, and he is currently being held in custody in advance of a trial date. No date has been publicly announced at this time. 

Police say they were called when the man attempted to leave a business carrying items store employees believe he did not pay for. When police stopped the man, they conducted a routine search of his person to determine if he had stolen items in his possession. They say that in the course of that search they discovered what they believe to be a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine, as well as a quantity of the drug. They did not specify how much methamphetamine the man was allegedly carrying. 

The man was arrested and now faces a felony charge for drug possession, and he also faces misdemeanor charges for shoplifting and possessing drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond at this time. If he is found guilty, he could face serious fines and even jail time, depending on the amount of the alleged drug he was carrying at the time of his arrest. 

However, the burden of proof is on Georgia prosecutors to prove the substance retrieved in the search was, in fact, meth. The man's criminal defense representation will thoroughly review his arrest record to determine if the search was conducted in accordance with his rights. If police violated the man's personal rights in any way during his search and arrest, it could influence the severity of the drug charges filed against him. In some cases, a failure by police to comply with due process has resulted in the case being thrown out altogether. 

Source: northwestgeorgianews.com, "Police make shoplifting charges, find meth", Doug Walker, Dec. 9, 2017

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