A 32-year-old man from Indian River was arrested when police discovered a methamphetamine lab in his home in Cheboygan County, Michigan. Evidence of him having manufactured the substance in the recent past was also found. Michigan State Police also searched a shed at the man’s home that revealed equipment used in manufacturing methamphetamine, dangerous waste from manufacturing it and other evidence pointing to manufacturing methamphetamine.
The man was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor. On three of the felony charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
In Florida, methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule Two drug that has a high risk of abuse and psychological or physical addiction. If a person is taken into custody on an Indian River methamphetamine arrest, he or she will be charged pursuant to at least one of three categories of possession. Those categories follow:
Florida also has very harsh laws in connection with manufacturing methamphetamine. How a person is charged depends on the weight of the substance and how it was discovered. If a person is arrested at a place where the substance is manufactured, the chances increase significantly that individual will be charged with the manufacturing, sale or trafficking of the substance.
A person who is in knowingly in possession of 14 grams or more of methamphetamine is likely to be charged with trafficking the substance. Unless the prosecution agrees to waive mandatory minimum sentencing, the crime is punishable by three years in prison and a fine not to exceed $50,000. Depending on the weight of the substance, penalties drastically increase from there. Possession of between 28 and 200 grams carries a prison sentence of seven years and a fine of up to $100,000. Possession of more than 200 grams of methamphetamine can be punished by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
If you or a family member have been the subject of an Indian River methamphetamine arrest, don’t give any kind of a statement or confession. It will only be used against you in efforts to try and convict you. Instead, exercise your right to remain silent along with your right to an attorney. Contact Indian River drug defense attorney Jeffrey H. Garland right away to arrange for a free consultation and case review.