Drug Dealers & Smugglers Get Creative With Fruit
A significant percentage of the illegal drugs sold and consumed in the United States are brought in from overseas, and drug smugglers are constantly coming up with new ways in order to get drugs into the United States. If you think that disguising drugs as produce seems far fetched, you will be surprised to learn about two recent events at the U.S.-Mexico border.
In January 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents discovered a shipment of carrots that actually were a mixture of real carrots and 2,493 pounds of marijuana disguised to look like carrots. According to a report published at Huffingtonpost.com, the marijuana seized has a street value of almost $500,000.
On January 17th of this year, federal agents at the CBP’s Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge in Texas found 3,000 pounds of marijuana disguised to look like watermelons mixed in with real watermelons in the back of a tractor trailer. The Packer reports that the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
Marijuana Crimes Can Still Have Serious Consequences
It is undoubtedly true that marijuana use has become much more accepted in recent years, both socially and legally. Several states now allow adults to use marijuana recreationally, and many more (including New Jersey) recognize the legitimate medical use of marijuana. In this environment, it is easy to make the mistake of believing that crimes related to the unauthorized possession, sale, or cultivation of marijuana still can result in serious penalties, particularly when a person is caught with a significant amount of the drug.
Some of the more common penalties associated with marijuana crimes include the following:
- Drug counseling
- Community service
- Jail time
While these court-imposed consequences are certainly serious and should be avoided whenever possible, a drug-related conviction on your record may result in long-term and far-reaching consequences that you want to avoid even more. For example, a drug-related conviction can keep you from getting a job or renting an apartment, in many cases. Furthermore, it may make you ineligible for participation in certain federal benefit programs, including financial aid to attend a college or university. In this way, a drug conviction can affect your life negatively for years to come.
Fortunately, in many cases, there are ways that a skilled attorney can help mitigate the consequences you are facing or even have the case against you dropped or dismissed.
Call 732-662-7658 today for a free consultation.
If you have been accused of a crime related to the possession, sale, or cultivation of marijuana, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with New Jersey criminal defense lawyer Leon Matchin 732-662-7658 or contact us online.