Practicing criminal defense law in a metropolitan city, it is likely that a Maryland criminal lawyer will represent individuals who have been accused of drug possession charges and/or drug distribution charges. In big cities, local authorities have plenty reason to worry. This week, local police officers found vast amounts of ecstasy pills with President Barack Obama’s face on them.
Drug offenses tend to be high in very populated regions of the country, particularly close to the nation’s border. Federal and local law enforcement agencies seize narcotics such as marijuana and cocaine often. However, the drug possession charges of over two hundred ecstasy pills comes as a shock for local officials. It is very uncommon that officers discover MDMA pills, as they are now commonly known.
Early morning November 30th, 2009, police officers received a call reporting a reckless driver. According to officials, ecstasy was one of many illicit drugs found in the vehicle. The driver, Mario Guadalupe Saenz, authorized police to search his automobile. During that time it was confirmed that Saenz was in possession of drugs including over two hundred ecstasy tablets, along with numerous Xanax pills. (A prescription anti-anxiety medication).
The ecstasy tablets came in all shapes, sizes, and colors. In order to attract customers, the pills were shaped like popular figures, such as Barack Obama. It is believed that this was to look like vitamins, in order to attract children into taking the pills.
According to investigators, drug manufacture and drug distribution of these ecstasy tablets does occur within the United States. However, the main source of these illicit narcotics is from abroad. Although the origin of the drugs seized from Saenz’s vehicle is currently unknown, upon further investigation officers found several grams of cocaine and several ounces of marijuana. Additionally, also found in the vehicle was a six gram mass of tar-heroin.
When dealing with the law enforcement officials, Saenz was allusive concerning whether the drugs in possession were for personal use or intended for drug distribution. Furthermore, he offered contradicting stories about where he acquired the various narcotics. Police officers arrested Saenz for drug possession and intention of drug distribution. In addition to bond being posted at $113,000, he was arraigned on four counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of marijuana possession. The largest penalty for these drug possession charges is twenty years in prison, and an addition fine of up to $10,000 if convicted.
Facing drug distribution charges and/or drug possession charges is a scary and difficult process for anyone to go through. Conviction of drug charges will have significant consequences that could be life changing–including, the loss of driving privileges, fines, and/or jail time. To prevent this from happening to you, it is important to contact a hard-working and experienced Maryland criminal attorney for representation immediately.
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