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When K-9 Units Cannot Detect Controlled Substances

What is the Law Enforcement K-9 Unit?  A K-9 unit is a specialized group of law enforcement officers who use service dogs to perform the responsibilities of a general police officer. General duties mean that the dog accompanies his handler on traffic stops or responding to calls or emergencies. The canine assists in apprehending suspects and in all other public engagements related to law enforcement, including controlled substance detection.  For more specified tasks, the K-9 units can detect illegal substances, chemicals or explosives; identify individuals in contact with such illicit substances; track and rescue kidnapped or missing persons; locate buried or submerged...

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Can Controlled Substance Charges be Dropped?

The Health and Safety Code 11350 is the California statute that makes it a crime for a person to possess certain controlled substances without a valid prescription.  Once you are arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, the prosecutor must prove the case in order for you to be found guilty. This means that the prosecutor must prove all five elements beyond a reasonable doubt.  Language of Health and Safety Code 11350 The language of this statute states  except as otherwise provided in this division, every person who possesses…any controlled substance…unless upon the written prescription of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian...

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