California residents may be interested to learn that a staffer in the District of Columbia mayor's office was indicted for federal drug charges. Members of the U.S. Park Police and a SWAT team raided the 51-year-old staffer's home on Oct. 6. Authorities allegedly seized 120 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of crack cocaine and less than one gram of heroin during the raid. Police also recovered $2,000 in cash, three ski masks and a digital scale.
The accused man works in D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's religious affairs office. He was hired in 2012 and is a career service employee who cannot be fired immediately for drug charges. According to reports, the man was convicted for selling heroin in 1985. The Bowser administration has stated that they do not tolerate employees who violate the public trust, and they are cooperating with police.
The same day that the D.C. staffer's home was raided, police raided his son's home as well. Police reportedly found about eight grams of crack cocaine in the son's Maryland home. The father and son were both taken into police custody, and the father was charged for attempt to distribute cocaine on Oct. 8.
A person who is facing drug charges after a police raid may want to talk to a criminal defense attorney about everything that happened before and during the raid. If police committed any unlawful actions or the warrant for the search and seizure was invalid, an attorney may be able to file motions to suppress the evidence that was seized. Without key pieces of evidence, the prosecution may no longer have a case.
Source: Fox News, "Staffer in Washington, D.C., mayor's office charged for alleged cocaine distribution," Oct. 10, 2015