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SC Man Hid Cocaine in Prosthetic Leg?

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on August 04, 2011 6:50 AM

Police officers likely had a bit of a surprise when they pulled over Glodualdo Moreno Lojan for driving slow in the fast lane on a freeway in South Carolina. Lojan was concealing about a kilogram of cocaine in his prosthetic leg.

Lojan was pulled over in July for driving 50 miles per hour on Interstate 85, reports WYFF-TV.

When being patted down, police officers felt what they thought was an odd bulge, only to find that Lojan had hidden a bag of cocaine in between his leg and the prosthetic leg, according to WYFF-TV.

Lojan and two others who were in the car are now facing drug trafficking charges.

Lojan's attorney argues that the car should never have been pulled over, as 50 miles per hour, the speed at which Lojan was driving, is still over the minimum speed limit of 45 miles per hour on the freeway, reports the Independent Mail.

Usually, when police officers stop cars for speeding or for running a red light, they aren't given free rein to search the car or the drivers and passengers. There generally needs to be probable cause in order for the police officers to have the right to conduct a search.

However, once the vehicle is stopped, and if the driver or passengers are acting suspiciously or the officer has reason to believe that they are concealing a criminal activity, then they may have the right to search the vehicle or the passengers.

In this situation, it seems likely that after Lojan's car was stopped, police officers started to suspect that there was some illegal criminal activity that was afoot.

And, maybe their suspicions were right - after all, finding cocaine in the prosthetic leg of Glodualdo Moreno Lojan is probably evidence of drug possession, at the very least.

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