A man in Seattle has been charged in federal court with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and two counts of distribution. The charges stem from the man allegedly selling the marijuana to high school children.
The police started an investigation on the man and noticed many school-aged children coming and going from the back door of his home. When his home was raided by investigators, 1,200 grams of marijuana were found, along with food products containing the drug, guns and over $4,000 in cash.
In a statement made by the U.S. Attorney General, the prevention of selling narcotics to minors is a high priority, and a heavy emphasis is put on crimes of that nature. Since crimes of that nature are considered so important, stricter penalties can often be a result.
Distribution of marijuana is a felony and carries some serious consequences. Distribution charges are punishable by five years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. Drug crimes involving selling to minors are much more severe and can involve a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. If the distribution is taking place within 1000 feet of a school or any other area that is a "drug free zone," the prison sentence and fines can often be doubled. If one has been charged with a drug crime, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer may be able to build up a solid defense, depending on the evidence, and may be able to lessen potential sentences. A criminal defense lawyer may be a resource for anyone who has questions or is being charged with a drug crime.
Source: KOMO, "Seattle man accused of selling pot to kids charged federally", September 17, 2013