A 29-year-old woman and two men from Arizona have been charged after authorities linked them to 11 pounds of methamphetamine, cash, marijuana and handguns found in their vehicle and hotels. The investigation began when the woman was pulled over in Berthold, North Dakota, for what the police chief described as "erratic driving." Police claim that they found 1 pound of methamphetamine and $20,000 in cash in the vehicle.
A North Dakota man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of distribution of methamphetamine and the illegal use of a firearm while engaging in drug trafficking. In their Nov. 4 announcement, federal prosecutors claimed the charges were related to his alleged participation in the violent kidnapping and beating of another man in 2012.
Residents in North Dakota may benefit from learning more about the penalties for various marijuana charges in the state. For one, any marijuana conviction could require defendants to submit to evaluation for drug addiction. Juveniles convicted of marijuana charges may have their license suspended for up to six months, while people convicted of possessing, manufacturing, or delivering paraphernalia may be charged with a misdemeanor and subjected to one year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
A North Dakota man was taken into police custody on July 12 after he was accused of causing a disturbance at the hotel where he had been staying. According to the report, the 22-year-old man was accused of running through the hallways in his underwear while screaming at 3:39 a.m.
There has been a marked increase over the past year in the distribution and use of heroin in North Dakota. Between 2003 and 2011, there were only two people charged in the state with federal crimes related to heroin. In the year 2012 alone, 13 people were charged with heroin-related drug crimes, and just last year 57 people were charged in the state with these drug offenses.
Marijuana, and its prospective legalization, has been a hot topic in the United States for many years. But recent marijuana legalization and decriminalization laws have made the topic an even more important one. Marijuana carries a negative stigma seemingly because it has always carried a negative stigma. In other words, people think it's as bad as it is because people have always said it is bad, not necessarily because it truly is bad.