A 25 year old Orange County woman was stopped near the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Temecula and interviewed by agents at that checkpoint. After smelling a strong odor of perfume, a k-9 unit was called in. The woman’s car was searched and agents found 36 pounds of methamphetamine.
The Orange County woman faces several serious charges including but not limited to felony possession of a controlled substance, possession for sale and transporting and the sale of a controlled substance, also known as drug trafficking. To prove intent to sale, the prosecution does not need to prove that you sold anything, only that you intended to. This proof can be made based on the amount of drugs found, other items found such as baggies or scales, conversations with undercover officers or informants and high volume of traffic to and from you residence. The potential sentence for possession of drugs for sale is 3-5 years.
Drug trafficking, or transporting and the sale of controlled substance, is also a serious felony which carries a potential sentence of 6-9 years. However, the judge may include enhancements which can add up to 15 years additional penalty.
A good Orange County California Criminal Defense Attorney, will be familiar with legal and illegal search and seizure. It should be looked at whether the police acted appropriately at the time of the arrest and in seizing the evidence. A skilled Criminal Defense Attorney uses technical procedures to successfully attack the basis for the search and seizure of evicence. Further, a good Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney should be familiar with methods to uncover evidence of police misconduct. Evidence may be suppressed and the case dismissed where the criminal defense attorney can prove that the police acted inappropriately and violated your rights.
If you would like to know more about Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession for Sale and Transporting and Sale of Controlled Substance, contact Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney William M. Weinberg at 949-474-8008.