Sometimes relatively minor offenses can lead to much more serious charges. For example, two individuals in Dormont, Pennsylvania are currently facing drug charges after a failure to stop at a stop sign led to a major drug bust.
One of the individuals is a 41-year-old man; the other is a 33-year-old woman. The exact nature of the relationship between the two of them is not entirely clear, but authorities have charged both with drug crimes including possession with intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy.
Law enforcement reportedly watched the man depart the woman's apartment by car. His failure to stop at a stop sign prompted a traffic stop, during which authorities conducted a search of his vehicle. The search yielded four ounces of cocaine and provided the impetus for authorities to conduct a search of the apartment on Texas Avenue where the woman lives. That search turned up drug-related items, a digital scale, approximately $13,000 in cash, 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and half a pound of methamphetamine. In total, the drugs are worth approximately $223,000.
The office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General reports that the woman informed authorities that she and her alleged co-conspirator have taken trips to California to acquire the drugs. Prosecution of the cases will fall to the Allegheny County District Attorney's office. At this time, it is unknown whether the two remain in custody.
Regardless of the amount or value of the substances seized, the consequences of a drug conviction may follow one around for the rest of one's life. One who is facing such charges may find it helpful to consult an attorney.