A pair of individuals face drug charges for the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and additional related crimes. The male, age 32, and female, age 30, were held on a $100,000 bond and $50,000 bond, respectively. They could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.
The Washington County Narcotics Task Force received tips from independent individuals related to the manufacture of methamphetamine in the residence. This confirmed other information that the male suspect had bought ingredients used to make the drug. They searched the home of the suspects and located lye, lithium, glass and plastic containers, ammonium nitrate, coffee filters, drug store receipts, lighter fluid and additional items related to the methamphetamine trade. All of these materials are commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Some of the evidence was found in the couple’s bedroom while other evidence was found in a clothes closet. Authorities believe that they were manufacturing the drug using one container.
The state of Maryland enforces mandatory, minimum drug penalties. Serious consequences include minimum prison sentences, community service hours, steep fines, drug testing and substance abuse treatment. A criminal defense attorney can attempt to negotiate alternative sentencing options for clients or try to negotiate a plea agreement for the accused. Lawyers can remind law enforcement officials that many drug offenders need rehabilitation instead of time in prison. Substance abuse treatment costs the tax payers less money and can be an important step toward integrating defendants back into society. This is a win-win solution for both society and defendants.
Source: Herald-mail.com, “Pair charged with attempting to make meth at Sharpsburg Pike home,” Don Aines, Jan. 22, 2013