On Oct. 3, a Minnesota man and woman were taken into custody after being accused of being involved in the sale of methamphetamine in the St. Cloud area. The man was identified as a 29-year-old Sartell resident and the woman was identified as a 26-year-old Sauk Rapids resident.
Some Minnesota residents might wonder what exactly is involved in the charge of possession with intent to distribute. The charge refers to the possession and distribution of a controlled substance. Federal law requires three elements for a person to be charged with this, and those are both the intent and the possession along with possession with the intent to distribute. Without proving that each of these elements were in place, the charge cannot stand.
Minnesota residents may be interested to learn that around the country in 2016, there were more than 1.5 million drug law violations in which a person was taken into custody. The vast majority of those offenses, nearly 85 percent, were for possession. Law enforcement actions against drug users is both out of step with public opinion and disproportionately affects minorities and immigrants.
On Sept. 20, two Minnesota residents were taken into custody after authorities found drugs during the search of a residence. The home was located in the 600 block of Wilson Avenue SE in St. Cloud.
On Aug. 17, a woman was taken into custody in Minnesota after she was accused of being in possession of methamphetamine. The 21-year-old Wisconsin woman was ultimately charged with a felony.
Prior to 1970, there were more than 200 federal drug laws designed to keep Minnesota residents and other Americans safe. In 1970, President Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act, which combined all of those laws into one statute. The CSA divides all controlled substances into five different classes depending on their likelihood of being abused.
Teenagers tend to make mistakes. The teenage brain doesn't analyze the potential for risks and consequences as well as the adult brain. That can result in unnecessary risk-taking or just bad decisions.
A man was charged with felony drug possession after two meth pipes were found among his possessions while being processed at a Minnesota jail. The case began when police were called to Profinium Bank in Fairmont. While there, they talked to a woman who had gotten into an argument with the 25-year-old over money. The woman claimed that the man tried to block her from leaving with his vehicle, but that he left after she threatened to call police.
A study indicates that African-Americans living in Minnesota and around the country are far more likely that whites to be wrongly convicted of a variety of types of crimes. The study, which was completed by the National Registry of Exonerations, determined that African-Americans were 12 times as likely to be falsely convicted of drug charges and seven times as likely to be erroneously convicted of murder when compared to whites.
Minnesota residents may be interested to learn that, on Jan. 19, then-president Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 330 federal inmates who had been convicted on various drug crimes. In total, he commuted the sentences of 1,715 inmates during his presidency.