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Drug Charges Archives

Actress pleads not guilty to drug charge

California residents may have known that actress Rose McGowan was charged with felony drug possession in Virginia. McGowan's legal representation entered a not guilty plea on her behalf in a courtroom in Loudon County. A warrant to take McGowan into custody was obtained in February 2017, and the actress turned herself over to authorities on Nov. 14. According to media reports, an airport worker found a wallet that belonged to McGowan that had two bags of a powdery substance in it.

Criminalizing drugs is ineffective

Many Californians are arrested for low-level drug crimes. Despite evidence that the criminalization of drug use doesn't work, law enforcement agencies across the nation continue to enforce drug laws to the detriment of the defendants, their families and the community at large.

Controlled substance schedules

California residents may be interested in how the federal government classifies controlled substances. The term 'controlled substance" is loosely defined as a drug that has the potential to cause harm to a person's health. Since 1970, the government has classified controlled substances by placing each into one of five numbered categories. Technically it is illegal for a person to possess any drug on any of the five classification schedules, but many of the drugs are available by prescription from a doctor, and having a valid prescription for a drug generally exempts people from being prosecuted.

Undercover drug buys in North Bay lead to 5 arrests

An 11-month undercover operation culminated with the arrest of five suspects, two from Petaluma and three from San Rafael, who are accused of possessing and selling cocaine and methamphetamine. Multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the North and East Bay along with the California Highway Patrol participated in the investigation that began when the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force received tips about narcotics distribution in the county.

2 charged with drug trafficking

Two California residents were taken into custody on Sept. 1 while deputies were searching for a third person. Initially it was thought that the third person was still in the residence, though it was later determined that the man had already fled.

District court shuts down federal case against pot growers

In early August, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California barred federal prosecutors from pursuing a drug case against two California weed growers. The decision could have a major impact on state marijuana industries across the country.

Four indicted on multiple charges

On Aug. 3, a federal grand jury indicted three men and one woman on a variety of charges connected to the murder of a man in Oakland in March 2016. Authorities say that the defendants were part of a criminal enterprise that ran marijuana from California to Texas and Louisiana where two of the defendants were from. It is alleged that the three men worked together to commit the murder. Two of the defendants had been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana in February 2017.

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