Drug Attorney Discusses Recent Arrests on Interstate 40 for Trafficking 130 Lbs. of Marijuana
What can happen at a routine
For two women driving
through Orange County, North Carolina last month, it turned out pulling over
didn’t lead to just a simple traffic ticket – but rather arrests for trafficking
130 lbs. of marijuana.
Recently, deputies stopped
two women driving a Toyota Camry on Interstate 40 for a rather routine traffic
violation. When they brought out a K-9 officer, the drug-sniffing dog detected
the odor of cannabis from the vehicle. It promptly discovered bags upon bags of
marijuana in the trunk, worth an estimated $500,000.
The women – both from the
San Francisco Bay Area – were held at the Orange County Sherriff’s Office under
a $100,000 secured bond.
The amount of
marijuana found in the women’s car was quite remarkable, but being charged with
drug trafficking requires a much smaller payload.
According to North Carolina General
“Any person who sells, manufactures,
delivers, transports, or posses in excess of 10 pounds […] of marijuana shall
be guilty of a felony […] known as ‘trafficking in marijuana.’”
and sentences escalate depending on how much of an illicit drug a person is
caught with. In cases where the quantity is more than 10 lbs. but less than 50
lbs., the minimum fine is $5,000, and the shortest possible prison term is 25
months. In this case, the two women arrested on Interstate 40 are looking at
paying at least $25,000 in fines and spending up to 51 months in prison.
could be harsher, as people sentenced for trafficking may not receive probation
during their terms. A judge can grant exceptions only if they provide
“substantial assistance” in identifying, arresting, or convicting other
individuals possibly involved in their drug trade.
from a drug attorney
The 130 lbs. of marijuana
in the women’s vehicle might clearly indicate their guilt, but as any
experienced drug attorney
will tell you, that might only be one part of the story.
Who are these women, and
where did they get so much marijuana? Where were they bringing the drugs from–
and to where or to whom were they delivering it?
You've heard this many
times before, but everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and the devil is always
in the details. With law enforcement official also facing questions about how they deploy
drug-sniffing dogs at traffic stops,
not all incidents are simple open-and-shut cases.
you be accused of trafficking marijuana in North Carolina, contact the
experienced drug attorneys with Kurtz & Blum. We will evaluate your case,
and help you aggressively deal with the potential consequences.
Discovery of 130 pounds of
marijuana during Orange County traffic stop puts 2 in the joint, WRAL.com
North Carolina General Statute 90-95, NCLeg.net