Drugs have become a part of society, even though people know that using them, selling them or having them in their possession is wrong. Not only can recreational drugs land someone in legal hot water, but so can prescription drugs. A person using medications that are not prescribed to them can face drug possession charges.
This was the case for a former professional football player from Anne Arundel County. Jacob David Bender, a former NFL player with the New York Jets, is facing drug possession charges after being arrested at a Walgreens in Glen Burnie.
Police officers went to the Walgreens on Crain Highway South on the evening of November 13 for a controlled dangerous substances violation. They saw Bender go into a Jeep Grand Cherokee, so they approached him. They found that Bender had 144 oxycodone pills in his possession. The value of the drugs is around $3,600. Bender also had $4,078 in cash
Police executed a search warrant at Bender’s home on Crainmont Drive in Glen Burnie. There, they found various forms of ammunition, including 50 9mm rounds, 34 shotgun shells and 40 .22-250 Remington rounds.
Bender was arrested and taken to Eastern District. He faces several charges, including possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, possession of controlled dangerous substances and illegal possession of ammunition. Just two weeks prior, on October 31, he was charged with assault. Bender has a long list of other criminal charges, including drug possession, gun possession and reckless driving.
Controlled substances are not allowed in Maryland without a valid prescription. Those convicted of this crime can face four years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Drugs prohibited under this law include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, PCP, opium and morphine. In addition, a person can face charges for having prescription drugs in their possession if they were obtained fraudulently. The penalties a person can face will depend on several factors, such as the type of drug, the amount, constitutional rights, search and seizure methods used and any previous convictions.
Maryland residents should also be wary of marijuana possession. Medical marijuana is legal in Maryland, and recreational use had been decriminalized. However, possession without a prescription can still result in fines. In addition, marijuana is still illegal under federal law, so it’s not uncommon for prosecutors to push for harsh penalties.
Drug possession may not seem serious to some people, since marijuana has become decriminalized in many parts of the country. However, depending on the drug and the amount, a person can face felony charges for such a crime.
A drug crime conviction can follow you for life. It can affect your employment and social life. Get the help you need from the Columbia drug possession attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. We can help you achieve the best outcome possible. We have various strategies that can help. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987.
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