Charges related to drug crimes in Minnesota should not be taken lightly. Not only could these result in having a permanent criminal record, but depending on the severity of the accusation, it could result in prison time.
Recently, a 49-year-old from Moorhead, Minneasota, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. His life sentence came after a 12-person jury found him guilty in January for conspiracy and aiding and abetting, proving that any kind of involvement in drug trafficking can result in serious consequences.
In this case, Moorhead police were already looking into a drug trafficking conspiracy in the area. Their investigation led to the arrest of one man, who was staying at a motel. This person than told police he was getting the drugs from the 49-year-old, who was subsequently arrested and charged.
In looking at this case, while the 49-year-old was facing a federal charge of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, those in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area facing what they would consider lesser charges — such as possession of a small amount of marijuana or drug paraphernalia — should know the potential for consequences should still not be taken lightly.
Rather, these charges are ones that could end up permanently marking a person’s record, making it hard to find housing and employment. This is why those facing drug charges — no matter how large or small — should always seek out the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: KSTP, “49-Year-Old Gets Life for Meth Distribution,” Jennie Olson, May 1, 2013