According to law enforcement authorities with the Christiansburg Police Department, two Virginia residents were taken into custody after police reportedly found $208,000 worth of marijuana in their home. The incident occurred on Nov. 22 in the early morning.Law enforcement officers were reportedly called to the home to help a man who was unconscious and not breathing. Upon their arrival, emergency personnel administered Narcan to the man, and he was taken to the hospital after being revived. While the officers were inside of the home, they reportedly noticed a large amount of marijuana.
The officers report that they secured the home and got a warrant to search it. They then reportedly found 37 pounds of marijuana that they say is worth about $208,000 on the street. The police took a 60-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman into custody. The man was charged with possessing more than five pounds of marijuana with an intent to distribute it, and he was given a $1,000 secured bond. The woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance and was being held without bond.
Marijuana possession with the intent to distribute is a crime in Virginia. While attitudes towards marijuana have relaxed across the U.S., it is still criminally prosecuted in the state. People who are facing drug charges may face terms of imprisonment, substantial fines and other penalties. After they have completed their sentences, they may continue to suffer collateral consequences such as difficulties with obtaining credit, educational loans, jobs and housing. An experienced criminal defense attorney may aggressively fight against drug crimes allegations on behalf of clients. One potential strategy could be to challenge the constitutionality of the search that led to the seizure of the drugs.
Source: WSLS, "Christiansburg police arrest two, seize more than 35 pounds of marijuana worth $208,000", Jeff Williamson, Nov. 22, 2017