Michigan law enforcement takes drug charges very seriously. The penalties for drug crimes can vary dramatically, but often include possible jail time, financial consequences and probation. In every case involving criminal drug charges the factors that will ultimately affect sentencing are often vast and complex. Three individuals are currently facing drug charges in Michigan and there are a number of factors that may affect their sentencing.
The individuals were recently charged with allegedly trafficking illegal substances from Detroit, Michigan to Waterloo, Iowa. The defendants include two men and one Waterloo woman. The arrests came after Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force investigators executed a warrant to search a home on Cornwall Avenue. During the course of the investigation, the task force investigators seized ecstasy, crack cocaine, marijuana and a .45 caliber pistol.
The three defendants include a 42-year-old man from East Dubuque, Illinois, a 35-year-old man from Redford, Michigan and an 18-year-old woman from Waterloo. Each of the accused are charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 10 grams of crack cocaine, conspiracy to distribute more than 5 grams of ecstasy and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. The man from Michigan is also facing criminal charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The penalties for criminal drug charges in the state of Michigan can vary widely, from a few years of probation up to many years in prison. Some of the considerations that can alter the courts sentencing for drug crimes include the type and quantity of the illegal substance, the intended purpose of the substance and the age and criminal record of those accused. These factors can similarly affect the courts decision in other matters as well, like setting bail. Speaking with a criminal defense attorney may help mitigate the implications of these factors on the charges.
Source: KWWL, "Three charged with transporting drugs from Michigan to Waterloo," Briana Denney, Feb. 18, 2013