According to recent reports, a man is being held on a bond of over $275,000 in Alabama while he is awaiting the disposition of several serious drug charges against him. The most serious charge the man faces is trafficking in heroin. This charge is a Class A felony in Alabama, which means that the maximum punishment is a life sentence. Other charges include charges relating to the distribution of several other types of drugs. He also faces several drug possession charges.
In addition to being charged in state court, someone who is accused of selling or otherwise delivering controlled substances may also find themselves the target of a federal investigation and, ultimately, a criminal charge under the laws of the United States. The federal penalties for drug crimes involving trafficking are severe, even for a first-time offense.
Like other states, Alabama law criminalizes the possession of and transfer items that are referred to as drug paraphernalia. These items can be household products and other common goods, including things like rolling paper, pipes, weighing scales, blenders and the like.
Mobile police conducted a sweep for illegal drug activity in a local neighborhood recently. Police claim that they are seeking 9 people in a total of over 40 cases. In each of the cases, the police allege that the suspect distributed illegal drugs.
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A former police chief from another town in Alabama is facing serious legal trouble after being arrested on both drug and other charges that also supposedly involved the use of drugs.
People in the Mobile area from all walks of life can find themselves facing serious drug charges. For instance, a high school student who may until that point have been an occasional user may get slapped with a criminal charge of drug possession, even for things like marijuana or a prescription pill.
Authorities in Alabama announced the seizure of two pounds of marijuana as well as over $70,000 in cash and some firearms in what they described as an ongoing investigation. The also arrested nine people in connection with their action, five of whom they were actively investigating for drug crimes. There were 9 other people who were being investigated but who were not detained in connection with this recent police raid.
Sometimes, a spoon is just a piece of cutlery or a syringe is just a piece of medical equipment. However, there are situations in which common items such as these may be considered drug paraphernalia. Because the possession of drug paraphernalia is against the law, it is important to understand what it is, so those facing criminal charges can make informed decisions in their case.