A lot of people are on medication prescribed by their doctor to help control their pain. But such prescriptions can lead to other problems, such as the temptation to sell them to make ends meet. Unfortunately, such an action would be considered drug trafficking and can result in criminal charges. Such was the case for one man in Lenoir, North Carolina.
The 58-year-old man was arrested earlier this month, after complaints were received by the Caldwell County Inner-County Counter-Drug Enforcement (ICE unit) that he was selling the prescription drugs which had been prescribed to him for pain.
The narcotics task force of Burke County in Lenoir, North Carolina infiltrated his group and was able to obtain substantial amounts of the drug from him.
He was subsequently charged with 6 counts of felony drug trafficking of Oxymorphone, one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, as well as additional drug related charges.
The street value of the seized drugs was approximately $2,500, according to the guidelines set by the state. Officers also confiscated $170 cash, firearms with ammunition, and a 1992 Toyota truck.
The doctor who prescribed the medication to the man will also be informed of the charges by law enforcement officials.
Those who have been charged with drug trafficking may find that they have a long road ahead of them. They are often sentenced to long jail sentences, and find that their life has been changed forever even after release. It is often hard for people in this situation to find work, because employers are reluctant to hire those who have drug charges on their record. When facing drug charges, it is important to have a lawyer who is experienced with such cases.
Source: The Hickory Daily Record, "Lenoir man arrested for drug trafficking," Richard Gould, 08 July 2011