Criminal cases involving charges against Virginia residents who are accused of making or selling synthetic marijuana are often complex and may take several months to resolve. This is because folks may use a variety of chemicals to make synthetic marijuana, some of which may or may not be banned substances.
Although some chemicals are banned by state and federal authorities, synthetic marijuana doesn’t always contain substances and chemicals that are illegal. When investigating cases involving synthetic marijuana, authorities may accuse folks of using more banned substances than what is actually found in synthetic marijuana, resulting in serious drug charges that may not be warranted.
For example, a Virginia Beach man who pleaded guilty last week to maintaining a drug-involved premises has admitted that he planned on selling the synthetic marijuana that was found on his property. However, the man’s attorney claims that the amount of illegal substances that was allegedly seized by police has been over-estimated by authorities.
According to reports, the man was arrested last summer after police executed a search warrant at the man’s home in Virgina Beach. During the raid, police seized nearly 140 pounds of synthetic marijuana that was allegedly discovered in labeled boxes. Investigators have started to test the synthetic marijuana that was discovered at the man’s home in order to identify the chemicals that were used to make the drugs. Only about half of what was seized has been tested. The man’s attorney claims that the material that was seized by police may not even contain banned chemicals.
When facing drug charges for manufacturing or distributing synthetic marijuana, defendants will want to make sure they consult an attorney to learn more about how they can proceed with their cases in a strategic way. In some situations, it may make sense to plead guilty to lesser charges in order to avoid harsh penalties. In other situations, folks may reach a better outcome by aggressively defending their cases.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot, “Va. Beach man pleads guilty in synthetic marijuana case,” Scott Daugherty, May 16, 2013