On Wednesday, November 19, 23-year-old Jamie Lynn France was arrested during a drug bust at a Salem, Oregon hotel, according to an article at Reuters. France is a former Miss Teen Oregon-World beauty pageant winner. In the course of the drug bust, police discovered heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and records of drug sales, according to authorities.
France was charged with possession of heroin, suboxene, and methamphetamine. There were several others arrested, including 37-year-old Jarrod Thomas Wells, and 37-year-old Erin Marie Wells. Police said they expected more arrests and charges in the case. Jarrod Wells faces charges of delivery of controlled substances and child neglect; Erin Wells is charged with child neglect and possession of heroin and meth. Erin Wells was charged after authorities searched her home and found her 4 and 7-year-old sons in the home, where drugs were within their reach. This led to the search at the nearby Roadway Inn in Salem.
If convicted, all of those involved will face serious criminal penalties. While charges of delivery of a controlled substance are more serious than possession, every drug offense has harsh consequences. In Michigan, possession of heroin in amounts less than 50 grams may result in a maximum of four years in prison, along with fines of up to $25,000. News reports did not indicate how much heroin France had in her possession, however penalties become greater the more of a drug someone is in possession of. For instance, possession of heroin in an amount between 450 and 999 grams will result in prison time of up to 30 years, along with fines of as much as $500,000.
Criminal penalties vary from state to state, however all are severe when it comes to the possession or distribution of illicit drugs and narcotics. If you have been arrested for drug possession or possession with intent to deliver/distribute, it is important that you take action immediately. A seasoned Michigan drug crime attorney will work vigorously to protect your legal rights, freedom, and reputation.