On March 29, police received a report about a suspicious white van in Virginia's Nelson County. They pulled the van over and found marijuana in the vehicle. The police also took the driver of the van, a man, and the passenger, a 39-year-old woman, into custody. They were charged with one felony count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Police gathered information from detaining the two people that led them to another home in Nelson County. At that home, a 32-year-old man was taken into custody after police found an indoor marijuana growing operation and 8 ounces of marijuana. He was charged with a felony count of manufacturing marijuana and one felony count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and was released on an unsecured bond.
As a result of the findings in the house, the van driver was charged with another felony count of possession with the intent to distribute. He and the woman were held without bond.
Even drug charges that are not this serious can have severe consequences. In addition to legal repercussions, they can also affect a person's career and other aspects of their life. People who are facing these types of charges might want to speak an attorney about their options. One option for some people might be a plea bargain. This may allow them to plead guilty, sometimes to lesser charges, and to receive a lesser penalty. However, there are also a number of other options. An attorney might want to make sure that their right were respected during the process of search and seizure and while they were detained. If not, evidence or even the entire case might be thrown out.
Source: WHSV, "Skyline Drug Task Force arrests 3 in local marijuana growing operation", March 31, 2017