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3 charged with drug manufacturing after traffic stop

South Carolina residents may be interested in a story regarding the legal battle that three people facing drug manufacturing charges will have to fight. The charges stem from a traffic stop that allegedly led to evidence of methamphetamine production equipment.

On Aug. 22 around 7 p.m., a Hampton Police Department officer claims that he noticed a 1997 Honda making turns without signaling. The officer stopped the vehicle and alleges that the driver, a 36-year-old Hampton man, was unable to produce a viable driver's license. After checking with the DMV on the driver and his 32-year-old passenger, the officer then requested to search the vehicle. He reportedly found various items including pill bottles and aluminum foil containing powdery substances. Additionally, police claim that drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle.

Police then obtained a search warrant for the vehicle's registered address. During the search of the home, police arrested a 33-year-old woman who was on the premises. Officials then worked with the DEA and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to examine the items recovered from the vehicle and clean up afterwards. Charges for drug manufacturing near a school and trafficking Sudafed have been filed against all three people. Reports indicate that this is the first incident of charges related to methamphetamine production within Hampton.

Drug charges can have serious consequences for a person if one is not properly defended. An attorney experienced in criminal defense may be helpful when attempting to avoid these consequences through effective plea bargaining or by disputing the government's evidence at trial. The attorney may also be useful in protecting the constitutional rights of those charged throughout the defense process.

Source: WTOC, "Hampton Police Department arrests suspects in meth bust", August 26, 2014

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