If I drive a crew van for a company and we cross state lines frequently, would I get into trouble if we are stopped and my passengers have drugs on them?
Question Details: If a passenger in my crew van is transporting drugs without my knowledge and I get stopped by police and the van is searched, will I be liable?
Legally, you are only liable if you had a criminal intent, or "mens rea"--i.e. if you knew you were helping to transport drugs.
Practically, even if you did not know, if the evidence or the testimony of the passengers (for example: they try to save themselves by claiming the drugs are yours) tends to show or suggest that you did know or even owned the drugs, you could end up being charged.
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