Three men were served secret indictments in Columbiana County, Ohio, on drug charges relating to marijuana and cocaine. All three men were charged with trafficking drugs as a fourth-degree felony.
Reports claim two of the men were in possession of less than 200 grams of marijuana, while the other was charged with possession of cocaine. Allegedly, he was also said to be in possession of $229, which authorities claim were to be used for crimes relating to drugs.
In Ohio, drug trafficking is related to being in possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell the drugs to another person. There are a wide range of penalties depending on what the substance is and the amount that is allegedly in one's possession. Ohio considers a "bulk" amount of narcotics any amount that is more than 10 grams of the substance in question.
In order to be charged with a felony when marijuana is involved, one must have more than 200 grams in their possession. Consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney may be a great help to those who have been charged with a drug crime. Meeting with the defendants, an attorney may gather all of the facts and build up a strong defense to use in court. They may answer any questions or concerns regarding drug related crimes. An attorney may potentially lessen sentences if there is a good defense. Any drug possession and drug trafficking charges have the potential for serious consequences and heavy penalties.
Source: Salem News, "3 indicted on drug charges", September 06, 2013