A sunny, sandy, tropical beach starts to sound really tempting as winter steadily approaches. Just the thought of dipping your toes in the warm ocean water may have you pulling up travel blogs and researching your next vacation destination for 2018.
As the popular TV show Breaking Bad showed its viewers, there can be many reasons why an average person would seek to begin producing illegal drugs. Maybe you needed the money, felt pressured to do it, or were threatened into complying. Whatever the reason, the production of illegal substances is considered a felony with severe impacts for your future.
Recently, a local mother learned her son had died from a drug overdose suspected to be heroin. When toxicology reports were analyzed, the labs found no heroin in his system--instead, it was an alarming mix of other substances that may be becoming more popular around North Carolina.
On Aug. 4, it was reported that a North Carolina teenager and two adults were charged with multiple drug offenses following the execution of a search warrant at a Raeford residence. The Hoke County Sheriff's Office stated that, during the execution of the search warrant, authorities found a meth lab, marijuana plants and other drugs.
On July 22, North Carolina authorities reported that two men who were facing criminal charges were taken into custody the previous day. They were identified as a 35-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, both from Durham.
A 34-year-old North Carolina man is facing a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of up to $20 million after being found guilty of possessing and distributing drugs. He could also be sentenced to an additional 10 years on firearms possession charges. A federal court jury returned guilty verdicts on charges of methamphetamine and firearms possession and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on July 25. Court records indicate that the man was prohibited from owning guns due to his previous felony convictions.
Eight North Carolina prisoners have received felony charges after they were accused of having synthetic marijuana in their possession. The prisoners who were charged ranged in age from 27 years old to 44 years old.
On June 6, North Carolina agents with the City County Drug Task Force reportedly discovered a food item that contained marijuana during a vehicle search. The agents found the item at about 6:35 a.m. when they stopped a vehicle on Interstate 95 near Exit 173 following a motor vehicle violation.
North Carolina residents may have heard the news about the rapper Chief Keef who faces drug possession charges. Police took him into custody on June 12 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was in Sioux Falls on June 11 to perform at a show. While he was at the airport on June 12, law enforcement officials arrived and detained him around 9 a.m. after Transportation Security Administration workers allegedly found four blunts and two THC edibles in his luggage. According to the report, police booked him shortly before 9:30 a.m. on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, and possessing between two ounces and a half-pound of marijuana.
Hip-hop fans in North Carolina may know Dequantes Devontay Lamar as Rich Homie Quan. The 27-year-old rapper was working to get his music career back on track and had hoped to release his first album in July, but he now faces decades in prison after being taken into custody on drug and weapons charges on May 27.