The alarming increase of drug addiction and overdoses means Nebraska police are vigilant in their duties to enforce laws regarding drug possession. The laws provide varying degrees of punishment, depending on the type and amount of drugs people possess when police arrest or search them. Even a small amount of an illegal substance can result in drug charges, as two local women recently learned.
A sheriff’s deputy was patrolling a county road when he came upon a car stopped in the bike lane with its parking lights on. The officer pulled over to see if the driver needed assistance. When he approached the car, the officer claims he saw smoke coming from the car and smelled the odor of burning marijuana. There were two women in the car, a 19-year-old in the driver’s seat and an 18-year-old passenger.
The officer’s report says that the women admitted they had been smoking marijuana and that they had the drug in their car. A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed several small bags containing marijuana residue, a bag containing one Adderall pill and drug paraphernalia. The 19-year-old apparently claimed the pill was hers, so the officer arrested her for felony possession of a controlled substance. Both women also face charges of possession of marijuana.
Drug charges are not something to take lightly, even if it involves possession of marijuana. Such charges can have serious and long-lasting repercussions, affecting many aspects of one’s future. When people in Nebraska face any criminal charge, it is important that they ensure their rights are protected from the start. Having an attorney to advocate for them may go a long ways toward ensuring the most positive results possible.
Source: enterprisepub.com, “Woman found smoking pot by CR P51 faces charges”, Leeanna Ellis, June 6, 2017