Two Sentenced in Drugs, Weapons Case in Maryland
Guns and drugs often go together. These are two main indicators of criminal activity, and law enforcement officials work hard to get both off the streets. This has been the case in Cecil County. In January, Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit were conducting an assignment and arrested two people for weapons and drug charges.
Police pulled over a Toyota RAV4 in January 2019, as the vehicle had violated various laws. Investigators spoke to the male driver and the female passenger and noticed multiple indicators of criminal activity. Troopers had probable cause to search the vehicle. Inside, they found several types of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and fentanyl.
Troopers served a search and seizure warrant on the man’s home. Inside, they found a Taurus semi-automatic pistol and ammunition. They also found more drugs, including heroin, marijuana, fentanyl, prescription drugs and psilocybin mushrooms.
Both the driver and passenger were arrested and taken to the North East Barrack. The driver, a 34-year-old man from Northeast Maryland, was convicted of drug possession with intent to distribute, as well as possession of a firearm with a felony conviction. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the drug charge and 15 years for the firearm charge. He will serve both sentences concurrently. The passenger, a 34-year-old woman from Colora, was convicted of drug possession and will serve five years in prison.
Maryland Drug Possession
Drug possession laws in Maryland are quite harsh. If you have controlled substances without a prescription, you can face four years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.
You can face even harsher sentences, depending on the drug and the amount. Controlled substances include heroin, cocaine, LSD, PCP, methamphetamine, morphine and opium.
Medical marijuana is legal in Maryland. While recreational marijuana use has been decriminalized in the state, a person can still be fined if they have it in their possession without a prescription.
Prosecutors tend to push for the maximum penalties in drug cases. This is why it is important to contact a lawyer if you are facing drug possession or distribution charges. There are several factors that your lawyer will consider, including the following:
- Type of substance
- Amount of substance
- Previous convictions
- Search and seizure procedures used by law enforcement
- Your rights under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments
Diversion, such as drug treatment programs, may be available for first-time offenders. Repeat offenders may benefit from a plea deal. Your lawyer can help you understand your options.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Gun and drug charges can be serious. They can sometimes result in felonies, especially if you are charged with both. This could mean many years in prison. Your life will be affected for many years.
You need someone who can help defend your legal rights. Get help from the Columbia drug traffic stop lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. We can help you achieve the best outcome possible. Schedule a free consultation by calling (410) 774-5987 or filling out the online form.