Being taken into custody is one of the most terrifying events a person
might experience, especially if he or she faces serious charges. Two people
in Pennsylvania were recently arrested ondrug charges following a traffic stop on a Tuesday. In addition, one of the individuals
faces human trafficking charges. The arrest, made by Pennsylvania State
Police, occurred on Interstate 81.
Authorities said they stopped a car for committing a traffic violation
in mid-February. According to reports, a 21-year-old woman was driving,
and the passenger in the front seat was a man, age 40. Police said they
discovered four girls in the vehicle, all of whom were 16 or 17, who said
they were engaging in sexual acts in exchange for money at the request
of the 40-year-old man.
Officials also said they found several thousand small bags of the drug
heroin. The man was arrested on felony charges of human trafficking, as
well as possessing narcotics and intending to deliver them. He additionally
faces charges of criminal conspiracy. The woman driving the car was charged
with possessing and intending to deliver drugs.
When someone faces felony drug charges in Pennsylvania and is convicted,
he or she may be sentenced to several years in prison, as well as be expected
to pay thousands of dollars in fines, depending on the details of his
or her case. Before a person can be convicted, it is necessary for the
prosecution to prove the individual's charges beyond a reasonable
doubt. This ensures that no innocent people are convicted.
Source: heraldmailmedia.com, "Pa. man faces human trafficking, drug charges after vehicle stop", Don Aines, Feb. 20, 2015