A 36-year-old man was arrested in Lebanon County while transporting several passengers, including children. New York police believe the man was under the influence of drugs. He now faces a variety of drug crime charges, and if he is found guilty, he could face serious jail time and other criminal consequences.
According to the report, the man was headed west on Interstate 78 around 11:40 a.m. on the morning of July 3 when he was observed by state troopers committing an unspecified traffic violation. He was pulled over, whereupon officers on the scene made the determination that he was under the influence of drugs. It is unclear what caused police to believe this, but a search of the car was conducted subsequently.
He was arrested and charged with a variety of drug offenses, including possession, suggesting police found what they believe to be drugs in the vehicle. The other four passengers in the car, including three children, were not charged. The relationship between the five individuals is not currently known, and whether the man remains in police custody at this time is also unknown.
Drug crime charges of this severity could have sweeping consequences for the man’s future, particularly considering there were minor children in the vehicle at the time of his arrest. However, New York prosecutors carry the burden of proof to provide compelling evidence of his alleged inebriation at the time of the traffic stop. His criminal defense team will carefully review any and all evidence brought forth by prosecutors to determine the best course of action in building a strong defense against the accusations.