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December 2018 Archives

Possession with the intent to distribute charges explained

Possession with the intent to distribute is a serious crime that can apply to anyone in Maryland who intentionally has an illegal substance and plans to deal it. It's easier to understand this type of crime by breaking it down into different parts, the first of which is possession of a controlled substance. This particular charge goes beyond a person physically having an illegal substance in their hands or pockets. It extends to substances of this nature that may be in one's home or vehicle.

Criminal reform legislation passes Senate

Legislation aimed at reforming parts of the criminal justice system passed the Senate 82-12 after revisions were made. It would allow some federal inmates from Maryland and other states to obtain a reduced sentence and other benefits. Those who work or participate in other qualifying programs can receive credit toward their sentence. The idea is that prisoners would be more productive while in custody and less likely to offend again once they are released.

Rapper Ty Dolla $ign hit with cocaine charges in Georgia

Maryland fans of rapper-singer Ty Dolla $ign, whose given name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr., may be concerned to learn that he was indicted on drug charges in early December. The charges were handed down three months after his arrest in Fulton County, Georgia, in early September.

Was your college kid arrested on charges of possessing PCP?

Perhaps you already know that PCP, or phencyclidine, still exists. In fact, many people continue to use it, produce it and distribute it. Maybe your first indication of this was when your college student called you from a jail here in Maryland, and you found out that he or she faces charges for possession or distribution of PCP.

Maryland drug investigation leads to 17 indictments

A sweeping narcotics investigation in Maryland has resulted in 17 indictments and the seizure of drugs with a street value of between $20,000 and $30,000 according to an announcement from the Talbot County Drug Task Force. The investigation focused on an Easton man who is alleged to have run a drug ring that distributed significant quantities of amphetamines, cocaine and opioid pills in bars and restaurants in Oxford, St. Michaels and Easton.

The First Step Act faces many hurdles

Politicians from Maryland and throughout the country have supported the First Step Act. If passed through Congress, the legislation would work to shorten federal prison sentences and alter rules that tend to unfairly harm minorities. For instance, it would make sentencing more equitable for those convicted of crimes related to crack cocaine and powdered cocaine. However, it is important to note that the Department of Justice would still have the final say as to whether a person would qualify for an early release.

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