Many Georgia residents are likely aware that the nation is in the grips of an opioid epidemic. With ever-increasing numbers of overdose deaths and lives ruined by addiction, law enforcement is cracking down on drug crimes. While these efforts are meant to save lives, some feel as if the paranoia leads to trumped-up charges and faulty investigations that may lead to wrongful arrests or criminal sentences.
Around the country, marijuana is becoming less taboo for people to possess and use. However, Georgia citizens can still be charged with drug crimes depending on the amount of marijuana and the claimed intentions for using the drug. An individual could be in the wrong place at the wrong time and suddenly face criminal allegations due to simply being a passenger in a vehicle or borrowing a car. Marijuana may even be found in a driver's vehicle after being stopped for a minor traffic violation that is not related to drugs at all.
Georgia authorities recently arrested a man for allegedly selling drug-laced brownies outside of a Walmart. The individual charged with these drug crimes was a 19-year-old aspiring entrepreneur at the time of his arrest. Many of his friends have banded together and begun raising money through an online fundraising campaign in an effort to raise money for his defense.
To many across the nation, it may seem like more and more people are being arrested for drug-related crimes. Drug possession charges regarding small amounts of marijuana have become particularly common. There are many people who believe that the punishment for these crimes is too extreme. In fact, some counties in Georgia are considering greatly reducing these punishments.
Georgia police recently arrested three individuals after they seized large quantities of drugs from a truck. All three defendants have each been charged with marijuana trafficking. Only two of the defendants were charged with additional drug crimes. They were also charged with cocaine trafficking and possessing illegal firearms, as well as other drug-related charges.
Georgia residents may have heard about the recent arrests made at a house party early on the morning of New Year's Eve. There were nearly 70 individuals arrested at this party with ages ranging from 15 to 31 years old. Because officers found a small amount of marijuana on the property, all of the defendants have been charged with marijuana possession. A few have also been charged with various other drug crimes.
Three men have been arrested in Georgia after authorities say they were led on a high-speed chase. The driver and his two passengers were charged with marijuana possession. Also, the driver was accused of several traffic violations.
Football is a major part of many people's weekend in Georgia. Residents often get highly invested in both college and professional teams, and often, in the careers of specific players. Some fans become so invested that even the possibility that a player may miss an important game is distressing. This is the case for two college football players recently arrested on marijuana possession charges as well as traffic violations.
When Georgia law enforcement officials conduct investigations, they are required to follow certain protocols and procedures to ensure that they do not violate the rights of those people suspected of wrongdoing. The adage that police are there to "protect and serve" extends to those accused of crimes, not just those believed to be victims or innocent. For instance, when police conduct searches regarding suspected drug crimes, they cannot violate the right against an unreasonable search and seizure.
Was it a case of wrong place, wrong time? Only time will tell. Some Georgia motels seem to have an inordinate number of illicit activities going on in them, but that does not mean that every occupant partakes in them. Motels are public places, and previous occupants could leave behind any number of items. Depending on the circumstances, it is possible that unwitting guests could end up facing charges for drug possession or other crimes.