Federal prosecutors claim three men from Texas were involved in a scheme to transport and sell over 457 pounds of marijuana. They are all now facing various federal drug charges. The three men, two of whom are 26 and one of whom is 29, are being accused of marijuana possession, as well as possession with the intent to sell.
Both of their initial arrests were on state drug charges and a number of minor traffic offenses. One of the defendants was charged with aggravated assault that allegedly occurring when one of their vehicles was stopped by a state trooper.
The trooper stopped a vehicle driven by one of the defendants for following too close behind a commercial vehicle, as well as a violation of seat belt requirements. He reported a marijuana odor coming from the vehicle. A second vehicle then passed by going suspiciously slow. The driver of the first vehicle drove away and a pursuit ensued.
The state trooper eventually arrested all three men and claimed to have recovered 457 pounds of marijuana from one of the vehicles. If convicted of the pending federal criminal charges, the defendants could face a total of up to 45 years of incarceration, as well as a fine as high as $8.25 million. That would include 5 years and a $250,000 fine on the possession charge and 40 years and an $8 million fine on charges of possession with the intent to sell.
Defendants facing serious federal drug charges with such harsh consequences need to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. This will give the attorney the most time to build a strong defense in their case.
Source: JacksonSun.com, "Three men indicted in Jackson federal court on charges over 457 pounds of marijuana" Jordan Buie, Jul. 17, 2013