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It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, It’s… Marijuana?

Wednesday / September 30, 2015

The monsoon season in Arizona can be pretty intense. That’s why one Nogales, Arizona couple didn’t really think twice about a loud, single bang they heard one night.


They were probably just thinking, wow, that thunder was pretty close.


They went on with their evening, assuming a monsoon storm was passing through the area. When they went to head out the next morning, though, a single hole in the carport roof along with a smashed dog house revealed something more disturbing… and puzzling. It was a 28-pound bundle of marijuana, worth around $10,000.


The family called the police who told them this wasn’t the first time drug smugglers have used aircraft to bring drugs across the border. Detective Robert Ferros later told CNN that ultralight aircraft can carry way more than this 28-pound stash and that he’s seen aircraft able to transport several hundred or even a thousand pounds.


Drug Crimes in Arizona


Because of our close proximity to Mexico and several other border states, Arizona has some of the toughest drug possession laws in the country.


Penalties for drug crimes vary with the type of drug, location of the drugs and whether or not the accused is a repeat or habitual offender.


For example, possession of prescription-only drugs without a valid prescription is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a six-month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.


Other drugs put you into the felony range, where, depending on the classification, you may be facing a fine of up to $150,000 and anywhere between four months and 3.75 years in jail or prison.


Why should I hire an attorney to help me with my drug possession charge?


Hiring an Arizona criminal defense attorney to help you with your drug possession misdemeanor charge will give you an advantage when you step in front of a judge or jury. During my free consultations with prospective clients, we discuss all the evidence and accusations, then laying out all our defense options and outcomes. By becoming your advocate, I ensure that your rights are protected and that your story is heard in court.


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