For decades now, the Global Positioning System has made it possible to pinpoint one's exact location with the use of a simple handheld device. Now an integrated part of cell phones, automobiles, and personal computers, GPS technology has made finding things easier for Americans both across the nation and around the world.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, GPS units have also made it easier for police and authorities to catch criminal activity as well. One drug operation that crossed in and out of Colorado was brought down earlier this year thanks to GPS technology, and the man arrested as a result appeared in court last week.

A 27-year-old man of Mitchell, Nebraska agreed to a plea deal in Scotts Bluff County District Court that included attempted delivery of a controlled substance (a Class IV felony), possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The man and another companion who was also pressed with drug charges were stopped on their way to Colorado by state police. Tipped off by an informant that their vehicle was part of a drug trafficking operation criss-crossing the Colorado-Nebraska border, officers had placed a GPS tracking device on the vehicle, which led to the stop. Large and small bags of marijuana, oxycodone, and other paraphernalia was found in the man's car, leading directly to his arrest.

Sentencing for the man is scheduled for early February and could include up to five years in prison, $10,000 in fines, or both.

What may have seemed like a small, unknown drug distribution plan quickly turned into a serious set of charges and potential punishment for the Mitchell man. In light of new police technologies and methods, it's increasingly difficult to get away clean with drug possession, use, or distribution.

However, strong defense options and legal protection is available for all those facing drug charges. Getting in touch with a criminal defense lawyer can begin the process of exploring these options and working toward a "not guilty" verdict or drastically lessened charges.

Source: Star Herald, "GPS used in drug-trafficking case to net arrests," Maunette Loeks,