A Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to multiple drug-related charges was sentenced to a maximum of 23 months in jail on May 30. The man, age 42, was convicted on charges that stemmed from a 2011 incident when he was taken into custody for attempting to distribute 223 pounds of marijuana found in a tractor trailer.
When the September 2011 incident occurred, authorities were reportedly in the middle of a drug surveillance operation. An investigation revealed that the truck contained a total of nine bales of marijuana that had been wrapped in cellophane. The total amount of marijuana recovered was reportedly worth about $223,000.
The man ultimately pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in 2014. At the time of his sentencing, he had reportedly already served about 15 months.
If Pennsylvania authorities believe that a person is transporting pr possessing marijuana, they may possibly open an investigation which could eventually lead to drug charges. A conviction on one or more of those charges could lead to significant penalties, including incarceration and fines. A criminal law attorney may potentially have a strategy that could cause the charges to be dismissed or that could reduce the potential punishments. In some cases, the search that led to the seizure of the drugs could be challenged for lack of probable cause. Another possibility could be to negotiate a lesser penalty in exchange for the testimony of the defendant against others who were involved.
Source: Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch, "Lansdale Man Sentenced for 223 Pound Load of Marijuana", Kara Seymour, May 30, 2015