Five people were arrested in a Southern California drug bust on September 10, 2010. According to an ABC News report, the suspects face many charges including possession of narcotics, violation of probation and parole, being under the influence of controlled substances and possession with intent to sell. During the raid, authorities found marijuana plants, methamphetamines and evidence, which they say, showed intent to sell the drugs. An investigation is underway.
Drug charges in California are very serious and result in harsh penalties. It is illegal to possess, sell or transport any type of narcotic or controlled substance. State and federal laws prohibit it. When it comes to marijuana, the state of California allows the drug for medical use only. The severity of the penalties in drug crimes depends upon a number of factors. Possession with intent to sell, for example, results in stricter penalties than possession for personal use only. The amount and type of drugs found may also determine the charges in these types of cases.
A skilled Orange County drug crime defense lawyer will have an understanding of California’s “search and seizure” laws and will conduct an investigation to determine if any rights were violated during such police raids. If you have been charged with a drug offense in Southern California, please contact a knowledgeable drug crime defense attorney at Sitkoff & Hanrahan. Call us at 1-866-430-8383 for a free and comprehensive consultation.