Wilmington, North Carolina, police recently apprehended four individuals on various charges of drug possession and intent to sell, among other alleged crimes. The arrests came the night of Feb. 9 following an operation conducted by the Narcotics Enforcement Unit.
The three men, ages 29, 25 and 18, were all charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule I, and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II. The specific drugs in question were heroin and PCP. The 29-year-old man was additionally charged with trafficking heroin, and the 25-year-old man faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Police charged a 26-year-old woman with manufacture schedule I, possession of schedule VI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Here, questions may well exist in regards to the alleged crimes. For one, the news report did not disclose the amount of the drugs found. Depending upon the amount found, the drugs may have been intended for personal use rather than for selling. While the personal consumption of narcotics is still a crime, it is a far different crime than possession with intent to sell and deliver.
In addition, the North Carolina legal system ensures that those who are accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The four individuals in this case may find it helpful to seek advice from an experienced legal professional. Understanding your rights and options can go a long way toward protecting your freedom as you face criminal charges. Strong defenses can be built to challenge drug charges.
Source: Star News Online, "Wilmington police arrest 4 for drug-related offenses," Shelby Sebens, Feb. 10, 2012