Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Drug Charges Dismissed

Drug charges in Putnam County have been dropped against two men after a judge ruled that police did not have probable cause to search their vehicle. The two had been stopped in Cookeville last year by a city police officer who thought their window tinting was darker than allowed by law. And, according to reports, police found cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills in a search of the vehicle. But lawyers for the two men argued that the search was illegal and unconstituational. They said any drugs turned up as a result of that search should not be used against the men. After hearing evidence in the case, Criminal Court Judge Leon Burns agreed. Meanwhile, a similar case involving window tinting and illegal drugs is still pending. That one occurred earlier this month when a Wilson County man was charged by the Highway Patrol after being stopped in Cookeville.