There are times when Michigan residents make mistakes. This can be especially true when drug charges and gun possession charges mix. Such may be the case for one individual who was arrested on both drug and gun possession charges in Erie, Pennsylvania , on December 1.
Police report that they confronted the 25-year-old man at a residence to which they had been summoned. Authorities claim they received a report about an unwanted guest at the residence and that he might be armed. Police say they found the man in the upstairs of the residence and ran a check on him, which came back reporting that he was wanted on a concealed weapons warrant. A search apparently revealed a . 32-caliber pistol as well as crack and powdered cocaine. Authorities also allege that the gun had been reported as being stolen back in 2008.
The man was arraigned before the Erie 6th Ward District Court on charges of persons not to possess firearms, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was also charged with receiving stolen property. The man was held in the Erie County Prison on $50,000 bond.
This case illustrates how drug charges and gun charges can add up very quickly. As is always the case in criminal proceedings, this individual has rights and must be presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law. Nevertheless, the gravity of the allegations against him mandate that he focus on preparing a meaningful and vigorous defense looking to assert his legal rights and fighting for an acceptable conclusion to all criminal proceedings.
Source: Erie Times-News, "Michigan man jailed on drug, gun possession charges in Erie incident," Dec. 2, 2011