During the recent election, the legalization of marijuana was a hot topic in many states. Here in Washington, certain types of recreational and medicinal uses of marijuana have already been legalized, though other substances are still highly illegal to use or sell. In any event, much attention has been paid to the severe penalties associated with drug crimes throughout the United States. Even here in Washington, there are still extremely serious consequences if charged with a drug crime and convicted.
Earlier this month, two middle-aged women were charged with serious drug offenses after being stopped by police in Libby. A 61-year-old and a 43-year-old were stopped on a felony warrant out of Idaho for the driver of a pickup truck. When authorities looked into the driver's information they discovered that she had a warrant for failure to appear; the charge in question was related to methamphetamine. Later, the passenger in the car revealed the driver was in town to sell meth, according to a media report.
The older woman, the driver of the car, was charged with possession of dangerous drugs and possession with intent to distribute - these are both felony charges. She also faces two misdemeanor charges: driving on a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted this defendant could face extreme penalties, such as over 25 years in prison and a fine of over $100,000. The passenger was also charged with possession of dangerous drugs, obstructing a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Drug offense are not taken lightly by Washington State courts, despite the state's reputation as being liberal towards marijuana use. Accusations of selling drugs can have strong repercussions on a defendant's life, family, work and finances. Those who want to avoid the worst penalties may contact a skilled drug charges defense attorney for help and legal strategy.
Source: The Western News, "Two Spokane women facing drug-related charges," Caleb Soptelean, Nov. 8, 2016