Obviously a sad case, but how can you be charged with bringing drugs into a jail, when he was arrested and they were found in his boot?
What is this world coming to? A 60 years old meth head.
LOL. .."Charged with felony Bringing Alcohol/Drugs into Prison/Jail..." Seriously? So the cops waited to search him until he was booked into the jail? Isn't this usually done at the time of the arrest? Come on, this is not very ethical. If this charge sticks, why not charge the cops with "Accessory to bringing Alcohol/Drugs into a Prison/Jail?"
A fine example of what happens when you cut mental health funding. This old guy used to be a contractor who built custom homes until he was hurt, now he rambles the streets and makes really bad choices. Good job society, you have failed.
Look at his arrest record.
Another triumph of the judicial system trumping protect and serve.
Not to defend druggies and the thievery that goes on behind addiction, but its just chicken doodle that people get charged with felony bringing drugs into the jail after they are arrested because drugs are in their possession at the time of booking. What about the weird drunk guy who tickled the kids in the supermarket who was charged with molestation over that?
Whether or not you have sympathy for an arrestee, when one person's civil rights are violated or they are treated unfairly, it hurts our system. It's time we focus on rehab rather than punishment in our justice system. Near half of inmates have mental illness and many more are addicted. Proper treatment will lower the crime rate. Lets move out of the stone age, rehab druggies and get help for the mentally ill.
Great comments. I'm surprised not to see a loitering charge on the list.
Wasn't that the reason they made contact in the first place.
Scorpiogirl--Your information is incorrect. This is not the contractor you have described.
You're right thrinnskaar, it was the cop that brought the drugs into the prison. I wonder why they didn't bust him for his cell too.
For the "uninitiated":
Suspects are typically given a clothed body search at the time of arrest for weapons and other large contraband. Once in the jail, typically they are asked if they have any other contraband on their person. Then they are given an unclothed body search and the clothes they have on are searched in detail during this procedure. Typically, this is the time small bindles of tobacco/drugs/cuff keys/razors etc. are found. Very ethical. Very professional. Very thorough. The suspect knew he had the dope on him...TOO BAD, SO SAD. Sympathy? Look it up in the dictionary, because that's were he's gonna find it...
When they arrest someone, they ask them if they have any drugs or weapons on them, but obviously can't do a strip search in front of the post office. If the person says "no", they are then considered to be smuggling the items in to the jail.
I do agree that rehab makes more sense for druggies. Let's make more room in the jails for violent people.
Yeah, it's society's fault when people make choices to do meth. Get real!
He brought drugs into jail! I'm sure he was asked if he had anything on him before he got to jail. It's his job to be honest! Are cops supposed to strip search all cavities on the street now? I can't believe the lack of intelligence on these comments sometimes.
If a person is presumed inebriated to the point they can not care for themselves or others, how can they be held responsible for not declaring contraband.
@ iconoclast1, How many cuff keys do they smuggle into the jail a month?
thrikkskaar, really great comment. I feel sorry for anyone who needs to use a public defender in this county.
If you were a bully when you were a kid, you become a cop so you can be a bully as an adult.
At the time of arrest a subject is given a pat search for weapons and whatever other contraband they may have in their pockets. Usually, they are asked at that time if they have anything else on them i.e. drugs and told that if anything is found in the jail its a felony. And sending these people to treatment is a waste of our money, they go to keep out of jail but are back to tweaking soon after their released.
Crocket Ya hit the nail on the head. Good job :-)
I actually have dealt with this guy a few times and he is completely harmless, what he needs is help.
Jeez, you people get mad at the druggies, want to lock'em up and throw away the key, and now you're defending this one? Is it because he's not a Mexican, or because he's getting on in his years? What's good for one individual....
Non Compos Mentis
Think about it Sir.
You can't convict for bring drugs into jail when you are under arrest because it would be a violation of his rights...read below...
Just a little note for anyone who is for any sort of "gun control" or registration...
Why Convicted Felons Don't Have to Register Their Firearms.
U.S. Supreme Court - Haynes v. U.S. (1968):
Haynes, a convicted felon, was convicted of unlawful possession of an.
unregistered short-barreled shotgun. He argued that for a convicted.
felon to register a gun was effectively an announcement to the.
government that he was breaking the law and that registration violated.
his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. The
court, by an 8 – 1 margin, agreed, concluding:
“We hold that a proper claim of the constitutional privilege agains
Everyone saying all he needs is help, yeah, he does, but he has to want to help himself first. You can't force someone to go into any sort of rehabilitation center if they do not wan the help that is offered.
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