When an individual is arrested for a suspected drug crime, weeks or months might pass before a trial occurs. Where the accused person spends that time depends on various factors. In some cases, a judge will allow the accused to be released from jail while awaiting trial. Other times, bail is denied and a defendant must await trial behind bars.
The case of a man who was arrested in 2019 has finally been adjudicated. He was facing multiple drug charges for illegal possession, as well as illegal distribution of a controlled substance. The drug in question is marijuana. Police say the man had more than 77,000 vaping cartridges containing dangerous levels of THC.
The court found the defendant guilty
A Minnesota judge ruled that the man was guilty of two first-degree controlled substance crimes. In addition to being in possession of tens of thousands of vaping devices containing high levels of THC, the court also found the man guilty of tax crimes based on his owing more than $3 million in taxes. It is believed that the drugs in question were brought to the defendant from another state.
An informant worked with investigators to sell THC cartridges to the defendant
The 25-year-old man is now awaiting sentencing for the drug crimes. He apparently purchased the vaping devices from an undercover detective. Additional transactions reportedly occurred later, which led a drug task force to execute a warrant at the defendant’s residence, where they then placed him under arrest. Not every drug crime case ends in conviction; in fact, some cases are dismissed before ever going to trial. Anyone who has been taken into police custody on suspicion of a drug crime may begin building a defense by requesting a meeting with an experienced criminal law attorney.