Two men, 57 and 40, faced charges for drug and drug paraphernalia possession on Dec. 11 after they were discovered inside of a Maryland business after hours. Local law enforcement personnel responded to reports that there were individuals inside the business after business hours, and, when they arrived, they located the two men.
According to a report, the owner of the business did not want to press charges against the men because they were acquainted. After a search, however, officers say they found drug paraphernalia on the older man. They also report that the younger man was found in possession of the prescription drug, Percocet, and allege that he was also carrying similar drug paraphernalia. According to reports, the younger man did not have a prescription for the Percocet.
The older man, from Greensboro, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and released on his own recognizance. The younger man, from Easton, also faces charges related to possession of drug paraphernalia as well as drug possession. He was held on a bond of $5,000 and was still in custody as of Dec. 19.
When someone is accused of drug crimes, they may face a number of penalties if they are convicted. These might include time in jail, probation, work-order hours, fines and substance abuse counseling. A criminal defense attorney working with the men in this case might request that the court consider the criminal history both individuals before sentencing, and that attorney might also seek help for clients through volunteered or mandated attendance of substance counseling rather than subjecting them to a prison term.
Source: The Star Democrat, "Two men face drug charges", December 21, 2013