Prescription drug charges land 4 people in jail

Facing charges for any criminal offense can be one of the most challenging and frightening times in one's life. Those in Georgia who are facing these unfortunate circumstances can take some comfort, however, that a charge for any crime, including drug possession, is still far from a conviction. It is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove these individuals are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, as they are always presumed innocent in the eyes of the law unless and until that actually occurs. A recent drug bust in Cherokee County now has four individuals facing serious prescription drug charges.

Police say they found 895 prescription pills as they tried to serve an arrest warrant.  The police were led to two storage units to find the people named in the warrants.  When they opened up the storage unit doors, they found four people standing amidst copious amounts of prescription pills. The authorities say that numerous pills were recovered, including 21 oxycodone pills, 548 sedative alprazolam pills, 86 muscle relaxer carisoprodol and many pills that treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The drugs were said to be valued at almost $12,000.

Beyond the charges for prescription drugs, there were other charges for supposedly possessing 4.3 grams of methamphetamine and 55.2 grams of marijuana. The suspects were allegedly found with a .40 caliber handgun and .380 caliber handgun as well. One suspect was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, while the other suspects are facing more severe charges.

Being convicted of prescription drug charges can result in serious consequences for anyone in Georgia, and may include an extended period of incarceration. When defendants are facing charges such as these, it is important to build a good defense. An attorney can assist with gathering information for the client to be ready for trial, or to make a preferable plea agreement should one be available. 

Source: ajc.com, "895 prescription pills seized in bust at Georgia storage facility", Laura Foreman, March 9, 2018

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