When you're traveling, especially on the interstates, police could be targeting you with their drug interdiction efforts. While there must be probable cause for law enforcement to stop a vehicle, this could be ignored if an officer or deputy believes you may be committing a crime simply because of the type of car you drive or the state where your car is registered. If you are arrested and are facing criminal charges as a result of drug interdiction efforts by law enforcement, an experienced criminal defense attorney will want to know everything that occurred before, during and after the car stop. This is to ensure that your rights were not violated.
While it's not clear if that is what happened during recent drug interdiction efforts in South Carolina, it is possible. Seven people are now facing felony charges after three South Carolina law enforcement agencies focused their drug interdiction efforts on Highway 11 and Interstate 85 on April 3.