On Aug. 22, it was reported that a federal grand jury in Virginia indicted seven people thought to be involved in a drug conspiracy case. According to the indictment, each person was charged with conspiracy to posses 50 or more grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
The indicted individuals were identified as a 40-year-old Jonesville man, a 27-year-old Church Hill, Tennessee, man, a 29-year-old Pennington Gap man, a 42-year-old Jonesville woman, a 36-year-old Jonesville man, a 35-year-old Jonesville man and a 43-year-old Jonesville woman.
The 40-year-old Jonesville man was also facing additional charges, including two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, three counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of maintaining a residence for the purpose of manufacturing, using and distributing methamphetamine, among others. The 27-year-old Tennessee resident was facing additional charges as well, which included two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, among others.
Those who are facing federal charges for drug crimes could be sentenced to no less than 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine if this is their first offense. If this is their second offense, the potential punishments are far more severe as the minimum prison sentence increases to 20 years and a maximum fine of $20 million. Even so, a criminal law attorney could still mount a strong defense against the accusations. The strategy used depends on the circumstances under which the accused person was taken into custody. If others were involved, for example, the attorney could pressure the prosecutors to prove that the drugs belonged to the accused person. The attorney may also force the prosecution to produce the drugs that were supposedly seized, as missing drugs could result in a dismissal of the charges.
Source: WJHL, "Several indicted, facing charges in southwest Virginia drug trafficking case", 08/22/2017