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Drug charges: Cannabis grown on Pennsylvania game land

Police were searching for a male in connection with growing cannabis plants. But it turns out the 51-year-old suspect who would have been facing drug charges was mowed down by a bulldozer and killed. The deceased Pennsylvania resident had apparently been growing 10 marijuana plants in Berks County on state game lands.

A worker alerted police to a suspicious vehicle on the land. The late suspect was killed by a dozer being used in the search for him. He died in hospital of his injuries. The suspect's badly injured body was found in the bulldozer's tracks. The machine had been mowing down brush to try to find the suspect.

However, police aren't certain the bulldozer is what actually killed the man. The believe he might have suffered a heart attack while making a run from the authorities. But the Berks County Coroner's Office listed his cause of death as traumatic injuries. His death, sadly, saved him from being charged with a criminal activity.

Facing drug charges is serious business. But prosecuting attorneys and law enforcement officials can't deny that those accused have certain rights under the criminal code. Individuals arrested have the right to speak to a lawyer during all stages of criminal processing including during the time of the arrest, booking, charging and litigation. Convictions for drug crimes are known for being severe, so an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer may be able to provide his or her client with options as they fight the charges against them. A lawyer may also be able to ascertain if evidence was improperly gathered with a warrant which may result in not being admissible in court.

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