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Mom indicted for marijuana trafficking

While Washington has legalized the use of marijuana, in many states its use is still illegal. On May 20, the DEA raided a Queens, NY, location and uncovered a cache of marijuana worth $3 million and 3,000 maturing plants. The highly sophisticated drug enterprise was being run by a 45-year-old mother of two from Scarsdale, NY. Charged with and indicted for marijuana possession with intent to distribute and for maintaining a warehouse used as a marijuana growth center, the woman faces at least 10 years of prison and as many millions in fines.

One resident of the Queens community was told that the warehouse was being used to manufacture baby furniture. The woman regularly asked him to move his car and parked her Mercedes SUV on the street near the warehouse. He was led to believe that her main store was on Fifth Avenue. The day she was taken into custody, she had driven to her warehouse to discover the presence of plainclothes officers.

The inside of the warehouse contained two rooms that had been expensively customized with state of the art technology to provide an ideal environment for the growing of marijuana. The woman had registered her operation with the state in 2007 and was doing business under the name of Fantastic Enterprises at the time of the raid. Her lawyer could not be reached for comment.

While marijuana use is now legal in Washington, it must be acquired from state-approved sources. If someone is thought by authorities to have grown their own marijuana or acquired it from unregulated businesses, they may face drug charges. A criminal defense attorney may be able to challenge the grounds of the charges or negotiate a plea bargain.

Source: ABC News, "New York Mom Accused of Running $3 Million Marijuana Operation Indicted", Aaron Katersky, June 18, 2013

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