A 22-year-old woman has been charged with possession of drugs with the intent to deliver for allegedly attempting to smuggle narcotics into Maryland's largest correctional facility. The woman was taken into custody on the afternoon of July 28 and released on her own recognizance the following day. Charges are pending against the man she is said to have been trying to pass the drugs to and who is serving a 20-year sentence for second-degree murder.
Having a loved one who needs help can be a difficult situation. It can be even more difficult if he or she needs help due to getting in trouble with law enforcement. You may have a loved one facing this type of scenario, and now, you wonder what steps could help him or her handle drug-related charges.
Maryland residents who watched the HBO series 'The Wire" will likely be familiar with Sonja Sohn. The 55-year-old actress played Detective Kima Greggs on the hit crime drama, but she found herself on the other side of the law following a routine traffic stop during the early morning hours of July 21. Sohn was taken into custody by police in North Carolina after cocaine and marijuana were allegedly found in her purse. She faces a felony count of cocaine possession and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Encounters with the criminal justice system can be particularly devastating for people living in poverty in Maryland. States, counties and cities across the country have developed an increasing reliance on court fines, fees and citations in order to balance their budgets and pay for specific services. Therefore, the use of these kinds of financial penalties can be encouraged by some administrations. Because these punishments are heavily financial in nature, they can have a deeply disproportionate effect on poor residents. Fines that people are unable to pay can escalate into significant debts and even jail time in some cases.
The legalization of medical marijuana is still in its infancy in Maryland, so there is little chance that lawmakers will approve any measures legalizing the drug for recreational use in the near future. For many, perhaps you included, marijuana is like alcohol. It may be part of your social life, like having a few beers or sharing a bottle of wine.
In late June, two people were arrested in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle narcotics into Maryland detention centers. According to media reports, the drugs were discovered by correctional officers as the defendants tried to enter the facilities.
Maryland residents who have had their property seized by law enforcement agencies may be interested to learn that, according to a study, civil asset forfeiture has little impact on preventing criminal activity. Civil asset forfeiture is the practice that allows law enforcement agencies to seize property that may have been used to commit a crime. Common property to be seized includes money, vehicles and even homes.