Three men were arrested in the state earlier this month. The arrests came after enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries came across the men at a landing and allegedly smelled an odor of marijuana outside their car. The day ended with all three men facing charges for drug possession.
A 32-year-old man, a 49-year-old man and a 40-year-old man were reported to have been taken into custody. Two of them were standing outside of their vehicle when the wildlife officials approached, and the third was sitting in the car with the door open. When the agents ran a background check, it was discovered that all three men had prior drug charges, according to the report.
The wildlife officials claim that when they proceeded to search the vehicle, they found a bag that looked like it had marijuana in it, a glass pipe like those used to smoke crack cocaine, another glass pipe like those used to smoke methamphetamine and a partially smoked joint. They also say that the men had a pill bottle that held suspected residue from meth, a spoon that appeared to have been used to heat up the meth and a package of Suboxone. The Suboxone alone carries a fine of up to 10 years in jail and a $15,000 fine.
Those who are facing charges of drug possession in Louisiana do have options as to how to proceed with a defense. They may choose to consult with a criminal law attorney who is aware of the state's laws and statutes and can help them strategize the best argument possible for their cases. While not all cases will end with a not-guilty verdict, it is possible for the accused to get a much lower sentence than suggested in many cases.
Source: magnoliareporter.com, "Louisiana wildlife officers make drug-related arrests south of Shongaloo", July 15, 2017