Being accused of having committed drug crimes (such as drug trafficking or drug possession) can lead to a person facing serious criminal charges. This can be seen in a drug crimes case from Florida that has been getting a lot of attention from the media. The case has been getting a lot of attention due to who it involves, the well-known hotel owner Vikram Chatwal.
On Tuesday, Chatwal was at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Security at a checkpoint at the airport conducted a search of Chatwal and his carry-on bag. Reportedly, security found drugs during this search. According to authorities, in a subsequent search of Chatwal, further drugs were found on him. The drugs that were reportedly found during these searches included marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ketamine, Lorazepam and Xanax.
Chatwal was arrested in connection to these allegations.
According to authorities, Chatwal confessed to purchasing and possessing the drugs in statements he made to them.
Chatwal faces a felony drug trafficking charge and several other drug charges in relation to the incident. One wonders what will ultimately happen in this drug crimes case.
As this case shows, significant criminal charges can be brought against a person if he or she is accused of having committed drug crimes.
Drug crime cases can involve many issues and can be very complicated. There are many things that it can be important to look at in such cases, including how any evidence against the defendant was obtained and how any confessions the defendant made were obtained.
If a person is convicted of drug crime charges, he or she can face major punishments (such as a prison sentence). Thus, the stakes in drug crime cases can be very high. Consequently, if a person is accused of drug crimes, having a strong defense can be very important.
Source: The New York Daily News, "Lohan pal and NY hotel magnate Vikram Chatwal in Florida drug bust," Brian Niemietz and Nancy Dillon, April 4, 2013