All types of drug charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia, carries with it serious potential consequences. This is why there are many Minneapolis residents will choose to hire an attorney to defend against such charges.
Anyone convicted for drug crimes related to methamphetamine in Minneapolis can end up spending a serious amount of time in prison. This is true for the person who is accused of just possessing methamphetamine for personal use, as well as being blamed for trafficking and transporting the drug throughout the state.
The St. Paul Crime Lab has come under much scrutiny. Now, the legal challenges against some of the evidence tested at the lab are going back to the courtroom in order to see if the testing procedures and equipment could have contaminated the results.
In November, Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana, making them the first states to allow the possession of a small amount of pot. Since then, the federal government has said it will continue to uphold federal marijuana laws (marijuana possession is illegal under federal law) but there have been indications that it will move away from prosecuting marijuana possession crimes in those states.
Last week, Ramsey County prosecutors dropped fifth-degree controlled substance charges against a St. Paul woman after a secondary test of the evidence came back negative. The woman had originally been charged with possession of methamphetamine following an arrest in April of last year.
The fight against synthetic drugs has gotten tougher in Minnesota. Effective August 1st, the sale of bath salts, incense and other synthetic drugs designed to simulate the effects of marijuana is now a felony. Previously it had been only a gross misdemeanor offense.
The majority of what many people know about forensic science and the analysis of evidence can be attributed to the television show, C.S.I. The popularity of the crime tv show has caused many prospective jurors to look unflinchingly at the work of a crime lab. Unfortunately, the reality of St. Paul's crime lab operation appears to be vastly different from the precision and accuracy of the C.S.I. lab on tv.
Minnesota health care facilities and their patients are increasingly the victims of prescription drug theft, a new study by a coalition of law enforcement and health officials finds.
Maybe we're getting it wrong. Maybe we've missing the bigger picture. Maybe we're missing the real solution. That's the message U.S. Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske wants to send.
Heroin is back in Minneapolis and St. Paul after a hiatus of almost a generation. While methamphetamine has taken up much of the drug-related press in recent years, there is ample evidence to suggest heroin has returned to popularity in Minnesota. Authorities are responding to the drug's rise in popularity. Prosecutions for heroin crimes in Minneapolis and surrounding communities have increased dramatically over the past year.