On Nov. 16, two Maryland residents were taken into custody after one was suspected of selling fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be lethal due to the fact that it is more potent than heroin.
According to Anne Arundel County Police, authorities executed a search and seizure warrant at a residence located in the 1100 block of Old County Road in Severna Park. While completing the search, authorities said that they seized 18.2 grams of what was thought to be fentanyl. One of the residents was ultimately charged with possession of fentanyl, possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and possession of paraphernalia. A second person was also taken into custody and charged with possession of paraphernalia.
The state of Maryland is experiencing drug overdoses on epic proportions. In late October, the Maryland Department of Health released data for fatal overdoses. Between January and June of 2017, there were more than 1,170 deaths resulting from drug overdoses, of which 799 were linked to fentanyl use. In the first six months of 2016, there were fewer than 1,000 drug-related deaths.
Due to the perceived drug overdose epidemic, the state of Maryland takes accusations of drug trafficking very seriously, especially if it is thought that the drug fentanyl is involved. This means that those who are facing drug charges could potentially be sentenced to jail for months if not years. A criminal law attorney may fight the charges by picking apart the case and looking for flaws or instances where authorities did not follow proper procedures. The attorney might also attempt to have evidence against the accused person repressed, meaning it cannot be used against the person if the case is taken to trial.