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Drug distribution no longer carries mandatory sentence

No matter the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you probably never expected to be spending decades in jail. However, because of mandatory minimum sentences, a conviction for possession with intent to distribute landed you in prison. The kind and amount of drugs police reported that you possessed likely determined the length of your sentence beyond the minimum.

Man charged in connection with fatal overdose

On Oct. 12, Maryland authorities reported that a 37-year-old man was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he was accused of selling synthetic opioids that resulted in another man's death in early 2017. The 27-year-old man reportedly died after overdosing on Jan. 10.

Maryland police arrest 4 after searches

Four men were taken into custody on Sept. 27 after drugs, weapons and stolen property were uncovered during the search of several Pocomoke City residences. The Worcester County Sheriff's Office said in a press release that the search and seizure actions were taken following a three-month investigation into cocaine distribution in the area. While initial reports contain information regarding the items and substances recovered during the operation, they contain no details about what prompted police to search the addresses in question or believe that the men taken into custody were selling drugs.

Drug arrests increasing despite change in consensus

Maryland residents should know that while President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have indicated that they intend to restart the drug war, drug arrests have continued to increase since before Trump was sworn into office. In fact, there were 1.57 million drug-related arrests in 2016, a number that represented a 5.63 percent increase from 2015.

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