Drug-related offenses in Missouri carry penalties that vary in severity based on state and federal laws and the individual circumstances of a particular situation. Often, experienced criminal defense is crucial toward obtaining as positive an outcome as possible in court. Those accused of possession of drugs or other crimes in the state are advised to request immediate legal guidance following an arrest.
Two men, ages 31 and 39, may be in need of such advice following an incident that occurred recently in Sikeston. It was approximately 11 a.m. on a Tuesday when a police officer attempted to stop the men in traffic for a suspected violation. The officer claims that the vehicle did not stop, and a chase ensued.
The officer said that at some point, during the chase, he saw a man exit the vehicle and flee the scene on foot. He also claims the man was carrying a container that appeared to be full of marijuana. The driver remained inside his vehicle and was then taken into police custody.
Backup officers were apparently called to aid in the search for the man who had allegedly run away from the car. He was reportedly found hiding under another vehicle in a nearby area. The suspicious jar was also said to have been found a short distance away from where the man was hiding. Authorities say the jar did contain marijuana, and both men are now in jail, awaiting arraignment. Possession of drugs may be a felony charge, depending on the type and amount of the drug in question, and a criminal lawyer in Missouri can clarify the laws that govern such matters and advise a defendant accordingly.
Source: kfvs12.com, "2 Sikeston men facing drug charges after short police chase", Amber Ruch, April 20, 2016