Two Maryland residents were taken into custody on March 29 after the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on their home. The press release says that although law enforcement knocked on the door at 8 a.m., there was no answer, so they entered through a locked door.
A 32-year-old woman was in the house, and the 32-year-old man who also lived there was found nearby. In the home were more than 500 grams of what was suspected to be marijuana, paraphernalia, more than 8 grams of suspected psilocybin mushrooms, over 36 grams of suspected synthetic marijuana, and a number of suspected oxycodone and methadone pills along with $280 in cash.
Both were charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute. They were released on a $25,000 property bond the following day and will have a preliminary hearing on April 26 where a judge will decide whether the case can move ahead with probable cause.
There can be serious consequences for people who are facing drug charges even if the charges are only for possession and it is a first-time offense. A person who is facing these types of charges may want to talk to an attorney about the situation and the options available. If the person's rights were violated in some way, some evidence or the entire case could be dismissed. For example, in this case, if law enforcement had not obtained the proper search warrant, the evidence might have been considered illegally obtained. The prosecution may offer a person a plea bargain. This usually involves pleading guilty to reduced charges and facing a lighter penalty, but a person may want to discuss this offer with an attorney before accepting or rejecting it.
Source: Kent County News, "Task force charges QA's couple with possession of drugs with intent to distribute", April 5, 2018