Across the country, various states are taking steps to change the laws around marijuana for medicinal and even recreational use. The latest state to consider new laws around the drug is North Carolina, where the legislature is considering a pair of bills aimed at decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. If passed, the bill could mean fewer drug charges related to the substance in the state.
Law enforcement often identify and patrol certain areas where they believe crimes are more likely to be committed. For North Carolina police, Interstate 85 has been dubbed the "meth highway" by police who say the road is frequented by drug traffickers. Recently, two people were arrested on drug charges that they were trafficking the drug along this route.
Authorities and lawmakers often try new initiatives to combat crime in their jurisdiction. In Eastern North Carolina, federal authorities are joining forces with state and local law enforcement in an effort to combat violent and drug crime in the area. Under the new initiative, called the Take Back North Carolina Initiative, federal prosecutors will be focused on filing drug charges across the eastern part of the state.
While individual drug charges occur across the country, larger-scale busts of organized operations are often most targeted by police. These busts often result in multiple drug charges that may be accompanied by accusations of violent crimes or illegal firearm possession. A recent North Carolina bust resulted in multiple people charged with crimes related to marijuana possession and distribution. A few of those arrested were also charged with possession of drugs, including cocaine, crack cocaine and heroine. Firearm charges and parole violations were also reported in this case.
Eight people are in custody on narcotics charges stemming from a three-month police investigation. The group is facing 127 drug charges in all, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. The North Carolina residents were allegedly involved in sharing prescriptions for opioids with about 600 pills being passed around every month. Among the drugs seized were Xanax and about 8 grams of marijuana.
An extensive drug sweep in Brunswick County has resulted in dozens of arrests recently. Those arrested stand accused of a number of North Carolina drug charges, and many are repeat offenders. Whether this is their first drug-related charge or they have previous convictions, all of those accused are likely considering their options for an effective criminal defense.
Many individuals may be unaware of their legal rights when it comes to being involved in a traffic stop. A similar situation can be intimidating, and a person may be more willing to consent to the search of a vehicle by feeling as though he or she doesn't retain the right to refuse. A man has been arrested and is facing numerous drug charges after allegedly consenting to a search during a recent traffic stop in North Carolina.
In an effort to cut down on the flow of drug activity, law enforcement agents may deploy a variety of tactics over the course of an investigation. These tactics can range anywhere from the use of an undercover informant to make controlled buys to hotlines set up to receive tips from anonymous individuals. A 41-year-old man is facing multiple drug charges in relation to his alleged involvement in the trafficking of heroin following a recent investigation in North Carolina.
As a college student, being accused of a drug-related crime can be a scary and daunting experience. Students who face drug charges may have little to no experience in the area, and they might be unaware of their legal rights. Four individuals have recently been arrested following an investigation into possible drug activity at a townhouse near North Carolina State University.
Facing allegations of a traffic violation can be stressful enough in its own right. However, should officers claim to have probable cause to further investigate, the resulting search may leave an individual facing drug charges if illegal substances are found in the process. Two men have been arrested and accused of drug crimes following separate traffic stops that are said to have taken place on the same day in North Carolina.