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Two charged with drug offenses after police raid

Two people in Maryland are facing drug charges after police raids and searches allegedly found drugs at their homes. The 35-year-old man from Hanover and the 44-year-old woman from Jessup were arrested on Oct. 4, by Anne Arundel County Police. In Jessup, the police allege that they found money and digital scales for packaging and weighing drugs in addition to controlled substances themselves.

Police say that they found 23.54 grams of crack, 2.38 grams of powder cocaine, 5.45 grams of marijuana and 10 Suboxone strips in the Jessup house. Taken together, the drugs have an approximate street value of $3,000. In addition, at the home in Hanover, police found three digital scales; however, they accused both people of being involved with the drugs found at the one home. The Hanover man and Jessup woman were both charged with a number of drug offenses, including possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession of a controlled substance other than marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Not 21? Beware the potential consequences of drinking alcohol

In Maryland and all other states, the legal drinking age is 21. If you are living on a college campus or hang out with people older than you are, you may have been exposed to underage drinking on more than one occasion. Studies show that kids often take their first drinks of alcohol when they're as young as 12. Drinking underage can no doubt get you into a lot of trouble.

If you were to consume alcohol underage, you definitely wouldn't be the first person who has ever done so, nor will you likely be the last. However, there are several things you should about the possible repercussions of drinking before you reach the age of 21. One of the most common consequences is legal trouble, and if that arises, you'll want to know where to seek support.

How schools deal with underage drinking

It isn't uncommon for college students in Maryland and throughout the country to engage in underage drinking. However, underage drinking may result in schools being named as defendants in lawsuits or in a loss of prestige. To reduce their liability, colleges may create a code of conduct that students must live up to. They must also create anti-drug and alcohol policies to comply with the Drug Free School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

Failure to comply with the legislation could result in a school losing its ability to receive federal funds. These programs must impose penalties on those who break the law and make treatment programs available. Furthermore, schools must publicize the dangers of drinking or using drugs. Schools may also take disciplinary steps such as expelling those who drink while under the age of 21. Other steps may include denying financial aid or requiring a student to go to rehab.

Facing accusations of stalking

After a pleasant date, you may have wanted to express your enjoyment to the other person and perhaps arrange for a second date. Maybe you sent flowers, left a voice mail or sent a text expressing your gratitude for a lovely evening and your desire to get together again. If you got no reply, perhaps you stopped by the other person's house or job to say hello. The next thing you knew, the police were knocking on your door.

On the other hand, the circumstances could be very different involving your former spouse or long-time partner who refuses to acknowledge your attempts to reconcile or simply to be friendly. You meant no harm, but police say you crossed the line, and they arrested you for stalking. Since stalking is often related to domestic violence, you have every reason to be concerned about the potential consequences of these charges.

Police find drugs worth $34,500 during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop on Interstate 81 on the morning of Sept. 20 led to the discovery and seizure of almost 12 pounds of marijuana and 950 anti-anxiety pills according to the Maryland State Police. Reports indicate that a 26-year-old New York man was taken into custody at the scene in connection with the haul. He is said to be being held without bond at a Washington County detention facility on drug possession with the intent to distribute charges. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 17.

A MSP trooper says that he pulled over the man's Honda sedan for exceeding the posted speed limit at about 10:15 a.m. near Williamsport. The trooper claims that the man was unable to produce a valid driver's license and provided a false name and date of birth. These statements along with what were described as several indicators of criminal activity led to an escalation of the situation and a K-9 unit being called in.

Number of marijuana arrests increasing across US

According to a report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the number of detainments related to marijuana consumption, sales or possession has increased throughout Maryland and across the United States. This comes despite the number of states that have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational purposes. The FBI report estimates that every 48 seconds, another person is detained for marijuana-related charges.

The report states that there were 653,249 marijuana-related charges in 2016; this number jumped to 659,700 in 2017. The majority of the cases were due to alleged marijuana possession in both 2016 and 2017. Both manufacturing and sales charges showed decreases. There were 65,734 alleged charges for cannabis sales and manufacturing in 2016; this dropped to 60,418 in 2017.

Maryland men sentenced on drug distribution charges

Four Maryland men have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 86 months to 20 years after admitting to distributing large amounts of powder and crack cocaine in St. Mary's County. A 42-year-old California man and a 42-year-old Lexington Park man were sentenced to 11 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. A 32-year-old Great Mills man was sentenced to 86 months of incarceration followed by supervised release lasting for three years. A 44-year-old Waldorf resident, who is said to have supplied the drugs, entered into a plea agreement that calls for 20 years of imprisonment.

The investigation, which involved the Drug Enforcement Administration, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and the Prince George's County Police Department, uncovered valuable evidence when the homes of the California, Lexington and Great Mills men were searched in December 2016. Several firearms including a handgun and a shotgun were found in the California home according to reports, and the search in Great Mills yielded significant amounts of drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia.

Maryland???s efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road

Like other states, Maryland is working hard to reduce the number of traffic injuries and fatalities that result from drunk driving. This includes educational efforts aimed at new drivers, public awareness campaigns and stricter penalties for drunk driving offenses. You have likely noticed increase police patrols around holidays and frequent sobriety checkpoints.

In recent years, police and law makers have had added incentive to tighten the laws against drunk driving. After a county police officer suffered fatal injuries when an alleged drunk driver struck him in the line of duty, the state passed The Drunk Driving Reduction Act. You may wish to understand how this law affects you if you are facing drunk driving charges.

MS-13 gang member details violence and drug trafficking

A federal prosecutor participating in the prosecution of an MS-13 gang member said that the man's conviction substantially reduced the gang's criminal network in Maryland. The MS-13 member admitted in court as part of his plea deal that he distributed guns in the state to support the goals of the gang. The 25-year-old man has entered guilty pleas on charges of racketeering conspiracy, attempted murder and carrying a firearm while participating in a violent crime.

As a regional leader of the gang from El Salvador, the man stated in his plea agreement that he participated in multiple crimes meant to consolidate the gang's power in the state and promote its racketeering enterprises. In November 2015, he made plans with other gang members to kill a man supposedly belonging to a rival gang. He and two other men waited with guns to ambush the intended victim. One of his companions fired a shot in the face of a man and left him permanently disabled.

Suburban Maryland home used for marijuana sales

Modern life can be hectic, and we often come and go about our daily business knowing little about our neighbors. Imagine, then, the surprise and other emotions the surrounding residents felt when the police raided a Maryland suburban townhouse and uncovered drugs, money and an illegal firearm. It is unclear whether the police were acting on a tip, or the action was the result of an ongoing investigation.

Two suspects who lived in the townhouse were arrested by narcotics officers. The two men, both in their early twenties, were allegedly conducting a thriving marijuana sales business from their home, and ample evidence was recovered from the home to support that allegation.

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