Police in North Dakota recently arrested two individuals who were allegedly in possession of a significant amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Both are facing multiple charges — including felonies — for these supposed drug crimes. These types of charges can lead to extensive prison sentences, so a careful focus on details and the criminal defense process can be helpful for defendants in similar situations.
Authorities had a search warrant for the home where the 31-year-old woman and 40-year-old man were arrested. After executing the search warrant, members of a Narcotics Task Force claim that they discovered over 3 pounds of methamphetamine and a much smaller amount of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia, three handguns and another firearm were also seized from the home.
These apparent discoveries led to the two arrests and resulting charges. Both are charged for possessing meth with the intent to deliver, which is a felony. Misdemeanor charges for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also filed. The man will face at least one additional charge — another felony — of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon.
By itself, the felony charge related to the alleged possession of meth can yield up to 10 years behind prison bars. Convictions for these types of drug crimes can have significantly negative effects on North Dakota defendants, including the aforementioned prison time, fines and a criminal record that can make it difficult to find steady employment. Rather than leaving things up to chance, defendants are well-advised to focus on their criminal defense plans in order to achieve the best possible outcome for their situation. For some, this involves fighting the charges to their fullest extent, while others can achieve better results by negotiating a plea deal.