Here in Massachusetts, police take drug offenses very seriously. In some situations, a lengthy investigation may be necessary, giving police extra time to build a case against an individual. In some cases, charges may be filed quickly, perhaps even after a routine traffic stop. However charges are levied though, defendants can expect the consequences to be steep and prosecutors to show little to no mercy.
As if this wasn't stressful enough, those accused of committing drug crimes also have to worry about civil asset forfeiture as well. What is civil asset forfeiture, you may ask? It's the lawful seizure of property or funds believed to have a connection with a crime. With civil asset forfeiture, property and funds are presumed to be guilty, forcing defendants to prove their property's innocence in court.