The Baltimore State Attorney’s Office reported that a former area store manager was sentenced to two years of probation with a six-month suspended sentence for the distribution of synthetic marijuana or “spice” on April 2. He pleaded guilty to three counts of drug charges.
According to Maryland law, the distribution of synthetic marijuana is illegal. Law enforcement personnel have been investigating the supermarket since May 2012, which was owned by the accused man’s daughter. Questions arose about the store when a college student became sick after visiting there. Undercover officers bought the synthetic marijuana from the store owner on five separate occasions between May and June of 2012. They requested a search warrant and found the synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash. Officers from two separate agencies cooperated on the case to effect the arrest.
When someone faces drug charges, they might be sentenced to serious consequences. In some jurisdictions, the courts are required to impose mandatory sentences for drug crimes. These might include substance-abuse counseling, random drug testing, court-ordered payments, community service hours, probation and time in jail or prison.
The courts and prosecutors understand that in some cases, people can benefit from substance-abuse counseling. Drug treatment costs the taxpayers less money than harsher sanctions, such as prison. In addition, treatment allows a person to remain in the community, work and support their family. Criminal defense attorneys in Maryland may be able to negotiate an appropriate plea agreement with the district attorney that includes substance abuse rehab. Criminal defense attorneys may also explain defendants’ rights and options and recommend courses of action.
Source: WBAL, “Former Towson Store Manager Sentenced For Selling Illegal Drugs,” Ashley Michelle Williams, April 2, 2013