Additional arrests were made stemming from a drug raid that started earlier in the week. Parkersburg Police officials say that ongoing arrests are part of a crackdown on drugs and federal agencies are helping. Over 30 arrests were made during the drug busts that involved local, state, and federal agencies.
The multi-state investigation was centered in Wood County and resulted in officers seizing record amounts of heroin, methamphetamines, as well as vehicles and cash used in the transport of the drugs.
Use of methamphetamines is considered a misdemeanor under Michigan laws and may be punished by up to one year in jail and a fine up to $2,000. Possession of methamphetamines, however, is considered a felony and may be punished with up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Being caught in possession of meth at a park can result in your punishment being increased by up to two additional years in jail.
Manufacturing methamphetamines is also considered a felony crime. It is punishable with up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. If you are found guilty of maintaining or operating a meth lab, the crime can result in 10 years in prison and a fine as high as $100,000. Certain aggravating factors can increase the prison time and fine to 20 years in prison and $100,000. These factors include operating the lab within 500 feet of an occupied building or operating the lab in the presence of children.
Selling methamphetamines or possessing methamphetamines with the intent to sell them is a felony that is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Selling the methamphetamines to a minor under 18 years of age or in a park can increase your prison time by two years.
Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are both found in many common cold medicines. However, they are also often the main ingredient in methamphetamines. Because of this, a person is limited to purchasing no more than 3.6 grams of these medications in a single day or no more than nine grams in a 30-day period. Those who are caught attempting to purchase more may be charged with a misdemeanor punishable with up to 93 days in jail and a fine up to $500.
If a person is found in possession of 12 grams of the medications, he or she may be charged with a felony and receive up to two years in prison and a fine up to $2,000.
In addition to the above penalties, individuals who are found guilty of the above crimes may have their driver’s license suspended and their property may be subject to seizure and/or forfeiture. With such stiff penalties, it is easy to see why it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
Every second matters when you are facing criminal charges. The attorneys at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. understand how you feel. They understand that facing criminal charges is intimidating and scary. They will use their experience, knowledge, and tenacity to take on the justice system and ensure that your rights are protected. Contact their office today to schedule a consultation.
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