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Early morning traffic stop ends in Louisiana drug-dealing charges

If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 200 miles, you will come to Bossier Parish. According to a news report, a patrol deputy with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office recently made an early morning traffic stop on Interstate 20 for improper lane usage.

The law enforcement officer than searched the vehicle, finding approximately 20,000 MDMA tablets and 10 pounds of marijuana. The 44-year-old driver was then arrested on multiple drug charges.

The news report stated that the traffic stop was around 3:20 a.m. The Texas man was cited for improper lane usage and driving on a suspended driver’s license, but much more importantly faces the following criminal charges:

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance (marijuana) with Intent to distribute
  • Possession of Schedule I MDMA with the intent to distribute
  • Possession of a Schedule II substance (Oxycodone)
  • Possession of a Schedule II substance (Hydrocodone)
  • Possession of a Schedule IV substance (Alprazolam)

It should be noted that MDMA is a synthetic drug also known as Ecstasy. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication, as is Hydrocodone. Alprazolam is also known as Xanax, a medication used to treat anxiety disorder.

Louisiana’s drug laws are among the very toughest in the nation. Someone convicted of possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule I substance can face from five to 50 years at hard labor in state prison. Fines can go up to $50,000 for a first offense.

Though marijuana is a Schedule I substance, the penalty for conviction of distribution or possession with the intent of distributing it is “only” up to 30 years.

Clearly, everything is on the line when someone faces these charges. Those accused of these crimes should speak to a criminal defense attorney before talking to police or prosecutors.

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