Authorities related that two Fulton County, Pennsylvania suspects, ages 50 and 35, face drug charges, including delivery and possession of a controlled substance. After an undercover investigation that lasted 10 days, police arrested the men on suspicion of drug trafficking.
One of the men is accused of cultivating marijuana and selling it to the second man. Authorities intercepted the pair during an alleged drug transaction at the buyer's apartment in January. A subsequent search of the residence revealed cash, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs. Police found about 10 pounds of marijuana, paraphernalia and several guns at the seller's residence and also took possession of his vehicle.
The buyer was held pending the payment of a $225,000 bond; the seller was held on a $75,000 bond. The possible involvement of additional individuals is still unknown.
The two men face serious felony charges after arrests for marijuana-related offenses. Mandatory minimum sentences mean the men could face prison time along with hefty fines if they are convicted. At the very least, they could be placed on probation, forced to undergo regular drug testing, pay for and attend drug treatment, complete community service hours and endure the hardships of additional punitive sanctions.
A criminal defense attorney could negotiate with the prosecution for a reduction of charges. The courts understand that drug rehabilitation instead of prison can save money for the taxpayers. In addition, treatment can help the defendant become clean and sober and learn to be a productive member of society.
Source: Herald-Mail, "Two Pa. men arrested on drug trafficking charges," Jan. 21, 2013