On Oct. 7, law enforcement officers reported that an arrest was made after receivingan anonymous tip about illegal drug activity was occurring at the State Fair of Virginia. The man was accused of selling AB-Fubinaca, a substance that is reportedly 85 times more powerful than cannabis, making it particularly dangerous.
According to the court documents, an undercover agent was able to find the person who was believed to be selling drugs. The agent then began talking to that person and was able to start a conversation about drugs. During the conversation, the accused person allegedly pulled out a substance from a duffel bag. The person sold the substance to the undercover officer. This substance was later determined to be AB-Fubinaca, a synthetic cannabinoid.
Shortly after the accused person sold the drugs to the undercover officer, an arrest was made. The man was charged with possession of a scheduled I narcotic. The State Fair of Virginia said that the man was working at the fair for a vendor and that the vendor was evicted.
The state of Virginia has taken the stance that no drug crimes are minor. As such, those who are accused of selling drugs or even simple possession could face severe consequences. Depending on the type and amount of drugs the accused person allegedly had, the consequences could range from a prison sentence and probation to drug rehabilitation. Further, a person will also have a criminal record, which impacts his or her ability to obtain loans or seek gainful employment. A criminal law attorney may explore different viable defenses to the accusations, which may include challenging the evidence if the search that led to the seizure violated the defendant's constitutional rights.
Source: WSET, "Man arrested after selling synthetic opioids at State Fair of Virginia", Taylor Johnson, Oct. 7, 2017