Maryland mothers may be interested to learn that a New York mom has been accused of running a multi-million dollar marijuana business out of a warehouse. She faces several drug charges, including manufacturing and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.
The woman was taken into police custody in May after investigators raided the warehouse and found several million dollars worth of marijuana and approximately 3,000 plants. Undercover officers also discovered two rooms that had been designed specifically to grow the plant. Inside, the woman had set up sophisticated lighting, irrigation and ventilation systems.
One witness, who lives across the street from the warehouse, describes the woman as an attractive young woman who manufactured baby furniture. He stated that on the day that she was taken into custody, she drove past the warehouse as if she might have been aware of the undercover officers.
It is unknown how long the operation has been in business, but the woman registered a business name in July 2007. If convicted, she faces a minimum jail sentence of 10 years and a fine of approximately $10 million.
In Maryland, criminal law imposes a mandatory jail sentence and hefty fines for individuals who are convicted of serious drug crimes. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help their clients by representing them and protecting their rights. The attorney may work directly with prosecutors to reduce the penalties of the charges by having the jail sentence and the fines reduced. They may also challenge the evidence that the prosecution has against the client and any searches and seizures if the arresting officer did not have probable cause.
Source: ABC News, "New York Mom Accused of Running $3 Million Marijuana Operation Indicted", Aaron Katersky, June 18, 2013