It is always a good idea for Minnesota residents and others across the country to have knowledge of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in case police ever request entry to their home to conduct a search. A validly authorized warrant is typically needed for law enforcement authorities to gain lawful entry to a home or business. However, there are certain circumstances when officers would not need a warrant, such as if they a reasonable belief that a crime is occurring at the time inside the residence in question. Police say they recently made a drug bust in Backus.
One arrest was made following the search
Investigators showed up at a residence in Backus on a recent Monday. The local sheriff’s department stated that the visit was part of an ongoing drug investigation related to sales and use of controlled substances. A 56-year-old man was reportedly at the residence when police arrived with a search warrant.
Investigators did not leave empty-handed
While no information was provided as to how long the search lasted, police did say that they seized numerous items from the man’s residence. They report that 56 grams of what they believe to be methamphetamine were seized. Police also say they found drug paraphernalia and cash inside the home.
The man was arrested with charges pending
The deputies who searched the residence took the man who was there at the time into custody. They say criminal charges are pending against him. When police make a drug bust and seize a substance from a home, it is not enough to claim that it is an illegal drug. The substance must undergo laboratory testing to confirm that it is what police claim it is. Even if such confirmation is given, a drug bust does not necessarily always lead to a criminal conviction, which is why it is a good idea to request legal representation as soon as one becomes aware that he or she is under investigation for a drug crime.