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Eunice man arrested second time for sale of crack cocaine

With the popularity of crime-based television dramas, many of Louisiana's residents have greater knowledge of police and criminal procedures. They know a person is innocent until proven guilty and that clear evidence is very important in every case.

For a 23-year-old Eunice man, the evidence against him in his drug arrest seems weighty. However, he has previously faced drug charges but was never convicted, and the charges were dropped for lack of evidence.

This week, Eunice police arrested a 23-year-old man for a second time, this time for selling crack cocaine to an informant who was being recorded by police. Allegedly, there were also several witnesses who saw the transaction, and the man himself reportedly admitted to selling cocaine.

He has now been charged with distribution of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.

It may seem clear to some people that the man is automatically guilty with this type of evidence against him. However, about one year ago, he faced similar drug charges and other criminal charges, but they were dismissed for lack of evidence.

In September 2011, he was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and transactions involving proceeds from drug sales. With a lack of evidence against him in this incident, the assistant district attorney had to dismiss all charges. However, the district attorney's office claims they made an error, and the D.A. may have the right to reinstate these charges.

The man had also been arrested in May 2012 on various drug offenses, but police did not clarify what these charges were or whether they too were dismissed for lack of evidence.

This man's story certainly seems to underscore how important it is in every case for police to have substantial evidence against a suspect before arresting and charging him or her with serious crimes. While we do not imply that this man is innocent in every instance detailed above, it is crucial that the evidence and a court of law prove that a person is truly guilty rather than the court of public opinion.

Source: The Lafayette Advertiser, "Eunice man arrested second time for selling crack," Sept. 20, 2012

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