The war against drugs has taken its toll on Maryland; many Silver Spring residents have been arrested, convicted and sent to prison because they were in the wrong place in the wrong time. Sometimes, it is simply a matter of having over-the-counter medicine or prescription medications that have the potential for abuse. Regardless of why a person was charged, it is extremely important to work with a lawyer to protect his or her rights and attempt to get the charges dropped.
In a recent story, police have arrested 12 people on drug charges, nine of whom are under the age of 22. The charges stem from what police claim is a six-month investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs and other contraband.
All 12 suspects face multiple felony charges because undercover police allegedly set them up on several occasions by repeatedly selling them drugs.
Police officers involved in the case said they are seeing an increase in the sale of prescription drugs, especially Percocet and Oxycodone. A district attorney involved in the case said law enforcement officials are cracking down on people with prescription drugs. He claims that prescription drug abuse is on the rise among young people and that teens and young adults have access to the drugs in their families' medicine cabinet. In the past, cocaine, heroin and marijuana have been the backbone of the drug trade.
While cracking down on prescription drug abuse may be beneficial, it also puts innocent people at risk for drug possession charges. There are plenty of legitimate reasons for someone to have prescription drugs in his or her home, but an increase in prescription drug patrols could lead to raids on the sick, injured or elderly.
Source: The Journal News, "12 arrested on felony drug charges across Rockland," Steve Lieberman, Nov. 10, 2011