A conviction on drug charges can carry long-term consequences. For immigrants, it can be devastating.
Marijuana is still illegal in Indiana, both for medical and recreational states. So far, Indiana has not joined the growing number of states that are decriminalizing pot. However, some prosecutors are changing the way they approach marijuana cases.
Being involved in narcotic-related offenses can lead to some serious legal challenges for the accused. The charges that the accused may face can range from misdemeanors to felonies, and the penalties too can range from fines to incarceration of several years. However, as justice takes its course in drug-related matters, it is important to make sure that the rights of the accused are protected against any possible bias in the hand of law enforcement agencies, the legal system and also the society.
In March 2018, Indiana allowed the sale, purchase and possession of cannabidiol, or CBD. It is a product derived from cannabis and has less than 0.3 percent THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. However, marijuana is still illegal in the state and the sale, purchase or possession of marijuana can attract serious consequences that can range from incarceration of three months and $1,000 in fines for the least offense to incarceration of six years and $10,000 in fines for the most serious offense.
Being accused of a drug crime can land anyone in a legal soup, not just in Indiana but across the country. In addition to the serious charges and the possible conviction and its consequences, those accused of drug crimes often have to deal with a negative social stigma that can last a very long time.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Flex Team and Narcotics Unit recently seized several Schedule I narcotics allegedly worth $850,000, $16,000 in cash, a handgun, a vehicle and various other drug paraphernalia while helping the Marion County Corrections department on a visit to the home of a 34-year-old man. The incident took place in the N. Olney Street area on the eastern side of Indianapolis.
People may think of a drug such as methamphetamine and understand that this substance is dangerous and addictive. Thus, this drug is made illegal to possess in Indiana. However, even less dangerous or addictive drugs such as marijuana are also illegal to possess in Indiana. Some people may feel like some of these drugs are essentially harmless, in that they do not cause the user or anyone else harm. However, Indiana law disagrees and makes possession of illicit drugs illegal.
Medical personnel often have easy access to powerful pain killers. Occasionally, this access is abused for personal use or gain. The recent arrest of a paramedical technician by Indiana State Police shows how easy such thefts have become.
Police departments do not usually keep track of the relative sizes of their drug busts, but two drug busts that occurred in Indianapolis on July 3 caused an officer of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to describe the seizures as a "once-in-a-career" case. The amount of contraband that was taken into custody appears to be just as remarkable as the nature of the investigation that led to the seizure.
This blog has previously noted the frequency drugs are delivered to dealers in our state for distribution to small-time sellers of street drugs. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Kansas state police recently joined forces to intercept a large shipment of drugs.