People who are incarcerated for federal drug crimes are facing a new sentencing guidelines as of Nov. 1. The new guidelines, which were passed by a federal judicial panel, call for reduced sentences. This will affect the prison terms for some people who are currently incarcerated, including some from Maryland, but determining who is eligible for an early release might prove daunting.
For people who are facing drug charges or have a loved one facing drug charges, understanding the different types of charges is vital. Knowing what the charges mean and what the potential consequences are for various charges can help to take some of the wonder out of the process. There are several points to consider in Maryland when it comes to first offense drug charges.
Reports are now coming out about an arrest that happened in St. Michaels, Maryland, back on the July 24. The whole incident began when someone -- who was not named -- called the St. Michaels Police Department to lodge a complaint. He or she said that someone was illegally using marijuana.
For some people, what they have done in the past has a way of coming back to them at a time when they least expect it. In some cases, the past can hinder them from being able to move forward with their future as they have it planned. For one Maryland man, an extensive criminal history seems to have played a part in a recent court hearing. That court hearing has resulted in him being held without bail.
In a country that is supposed to be free, some might find it shocking that there is still such a focus being placed on people who sell drugs to adults who want to experience their effects. Recently, at least 16 people have been charged in connection with an interstate narcotics trafficking scheme. The main person netted in the sting was a 46-year-old man. This case might interest readers in Maryland since seven of the accused people are facing drug charges in the U.S. District Court in Maryland.
When most people think about someone being busted for drugs, they think of police raiding a home or drugs being found during a traffic stop. A recent case in Maryland shows that there are some other instances in which law enforcement officials might allege that drugs were located. In the case of a St. Mary's County man, a package being delivered via the United States Postal Service is what landed him behind bars.
There are times when people might act out of character for a variety of reasons. When the person is a medical professional, those out-of-character moments might end up causing more of a stir than they would otherwise. A recent case that involves a Maryland dentist proves this point unequivocally.
"This is a pretty large-scale drug bust" is how a police spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland describes a bust that occurred on April 8 at around 11 in the morning. Detectives went to a home on Solley Road with a search and seizure warrant that morning and allegedly seized more than $300,000 worth of guns, drugs and money.
In what some people will consider a victory for those who use marijuana, Governor Martin O'Malley said that he will sign a bill that decriminalizes the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. Maryland will join at least 24 other states who have legalized marijuana, approved it for medicinal purposes or decriminalized it.
For business owners in certain industries, such as the nightclub industry, keeping close tabs on business affairs is necessary. In some cases, those business affairs might be monitored even more closely by law enforcement officers than they are by the business owner. For one former Baltimore club owner, being involved in the local drug trade has landed him a prison sentence.