Law enforcement personnel in Anne Arundel County in Maryland arrested a 22-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman during a routine patrol of the area. They both face several of the same drug charges, including possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. The man faces additional drug- and weapons-related charges.
Officers observed the woman trying to wave down vehicles and acting suspiciously. She walked over to a car and got in just before the male driver drove away from the scene. After he drove away, police stopped him for a traffic infraction. During the routine stop, they smelled a substance believed to be marijuana coming from the suspect. Marijuana was found on the driver, and he was taken into custody.
The woman was taken into custody in connection with an open warrant, but police also found 21.2 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana on her. In addition, officers reportedly found 13.3 grams of marijuana packaged for sale, nearly $700, a loaded gun and a scale in the car.
When people are arrested and charged with drug crimes, they could face serious consequences, especially if the crimes fall under mandatory sentencing laws. Criminal defense attorneys might be able to negotiate plea agreements with the district attorneys in order to reduce any penalties that the clients might face. In some cases, those who are charged with drug crimes may complete substance abuse counseling. Knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys may explain defendants’ rights and options and clarify the entire trial process for the defendants, and the attorneys may work to convince the judge to order drug treatment instead of time in custody.
Source: Huffington Post, “Two Busted For Drugs In AA County,” Ashley Michelle Williams, March 4, 2013