On Sunday, July 27, 33-year-old Wesley Byron Wheeler of Glen Burnie near Baltimore was arrested for having a large quantity of marijuana hidden inside a shed on a family member’s property. According to a news article at CT Now, a tip from a family member led Anne Arundel County Police to arrest Wheeler.
Police confiscated 2.4 pounds of marijuana after obtaining a search warrant; the marijuana was estimated to have a street value of more than $22,000. Upon searching the shed, police also found drug paraphernalia and packaging materials that indicated Wheeler was likely selling and distributing the marijuana.
Wheeler was arrested at a Glen Burnie hotel, and charged with one count each of marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute narcotics. He was also charged with 10 counts of possession of paraphernalia related to controlled dangerous substances, among other charges.
While citizens across the U.S. and even more and more lawmakers are becoming more lenient regarding the legalization of marijuana, it is still a crime in most states today. In the state of Michigan, possessing marijuana or “weed” can result in criminal penalties of up to one year in jail and up to $2,000 in fines. Individuals who are found to be growing marijuana plants will face even harsher penalties including a maximum of four years in jail.
Those who are arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute or deliver face consequences that are even more serious, depending on the amount of weed involved. Individuals convicted of possession with intent involving more than 200 plants or 45 kgs of marijuana will face a maximum of 15 years in prison along with fines of as much as $10,000,000.
Drug crimes are extremely serious, and the penalties even more serious. You could lose your freedom, career, and have your reputation destroyed. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for an offense involving marijuana, cocaine, meth, or even prescription drugs like oxycodone, speak with an aggressive Michigan drug crime attorney immediately.