The misuse of prescription medication is a serious social problem in North Carolina and across the nation. Many families are negatively affected by prescription drug abuse, and the trafficking and sales of illegal drugs pose dangers to all residents, even those who are not involved in any form of illegal activity. Because of these factors, law enforcement and the judicial system take drug charges very seriously, and individuals who find themselves charged with a crime in connection to drugs can face heavy punitive measures.
Three North Carolina men are currently in this scenario. They were recently arrested as part of an undercover drug operation conducted by the Sheriff's Office of Moore County. They now face a range of drug charges, all of which carry significant prison sentences if convictions are obtained.
During the operation, authorities seized a small amount of marijuana as well as a wide range of prescription drugs. The pills included Clonazepam, Xanax, Oxycontin, Dolophine and Endocet. The combined street value of the drugs is estimated at $4,500.
The charges against the men vary from misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia to felony trafficking in opiates and felony possession with intent to sell. Each man will have the chance to present his own criminal defense once the cases reach a North Carolina court. In determining the best course of action, the attorneys who are tasked with representing them will closely examine the evidence and the circumstances around the arrest. In cases in which an individual is charged with a crime that involves drug use or sales, avoiding a conviction can save the accused from serious punitive measures, including lengthy prison sentences.
Source: The Pilot, "Three Face Drug Charges," Feb. 14, 2013