North Carolina residents who are facing drug charges should not make light of the accusations. Drug offenses bring on serious consequences, including hefty fines and jail time.
Earlier this month, Wake County deputies arrested a 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman after reportedly finding about 24 pounds of marijuana, along with various amounts of heroin, cocaine, mushrooms, Xanax and other drugs inside a Cary home. The duo is now facing drug possession charges. In addition, police allegedly found enough cocaine, heroin and marijuana to charge the man and woman with drug trafficking.
Drug trafficking charges can result in stiffer penalties than drug possession charges. Law enforcement officials can charge an individual with drug trafficking if it is believed that the illegal drugs are being sold to others. Simply being in possession of large amounts of illegal drugs can also result in drug trafficking charges. In this particular case, deputies allege that the man and woman were using the home in Cary to store and sell the drugs.
Police also reportedly found more than 30 guns in the home. However, charges have not been filed related to the guns, because it is not illegal to possess guns in North Carolina unless the person in possession has been convicted of a felony or the guns have been stolen.
Those who are facing drug possession and drug trafficking charges, like the man and woman in this incident, must make sure their legal rights are protected. Facing drug offenses can be an intimidating process, and it is important that a thorough investigation is completed. A solid defense may be able to find inconsistencies and weaknesses in the prosecution, which may lead to a more favorable outcome for those being accused.
Source: The News & Observer, “Wake Deputies seize pounds of drugs, 32 guns in drug bust at Cary house,” Ron Gallagher, May 22, 2014