In another example of what-not-to-do, 21 people have been arrested by the NYPD for selling prescription drugs over the internet. Similar internet-based drug sale investigations and prosecutions are taking place across the country, including in Maryland.
While some of the sellers facing charges are drug dealers who have been convicted of drug crimes in the past, others are normal Joes, looking to make a few dollars after cleaning out their medicine cabinets. Many are facing the criminal justice system for the first time.
Sales of prescription drugs -- from painkillers such as Percocet to ADD drugs such as Adderall -- have skyrocketed in recent years, almost equaling the number of heroin, cocaine and other hard drug sales. So have prosecutions of prescription drug crimes.
No matter what the quantity or reason, it is illegal to sell prescription drugs. Yet, because sellers believe they can get away with it and/or do not understand the consequences, explicit sales over the internet seem to be commonplace. One Craigslist advertisement even read, "No LE please," or no law enforcement please.
If you have been charged with a prescription drug crime in Maryland, no matter how small the amount, you can face steep fines and time in jail or prison. More importantly, you risk having a criminal record, which can make it difficult to find employment, get a student loan or rent an apartment.
Your future matters. Do not make a statement to law enforcement officers before speaking with a drug defense lawyer. An attorney can help you challenge your charges or work to minimize the penalties you face.
Source: Associated Press, "21 accused in NYC of selling meds on Craigslist," Oct. 11, 2012.
For more information about prescription drug charges, please visit our page on felony and misdemeanor drug crimes.