Friday the 13th did prove to be a very unlucky day for 43 people who were arrested for allegedly distributing methamphetamine and other drugs in Clayton, Oklahoma. According to a news article at Fox 25, the 43 arrests account for about 5% of the entire population of Clayton.
At the time of news reports, 23 of the suspects were in custody, and three more suspects had been arrested for outstanding warrants. Most of those arrested reside in rural areas in LeFlore, Latimer, and Pushmataha Counties. Pushmataha County is where the investigation into the drug distribution ring began back in December of 2013. Involved in the investigation were local authorities, and the OBN (Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics). According to Mark Woodward, spokesman for the OBN, the suspects would sell substantial amounts of prescription drugs and ‘ICE’ or crystal methamphetamine in Clayton and nearby vicinities.
Authorities began dismantling the drug ring early Friday morning as they began serving arrest warrants at about 7 a.m. Just over three hours later, they had taken 23 of the 43 suspects into custody. All were taken to the Pushmataha County Jail, and will face charges including the distribution of controlled substances.
Drug distribution is a serious issue across the U.S. As the problem grows worse, lawmakers increase the penalties those convicted of distributing or trafficking drugs will face if convicted. In the state of Michigan, those found guilty of distributing methamphetamine will face serious penalties that vary depending on the type of drug, amount involved, and other factors. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug, which means it is highly addictive and abused.
The criminal penalties for distribution or sale of methamphetamine in Michigan include fines of up to $25,000 along with a maximum of 20 years in prison. In addition, individuals who are convicted of methamphetamine distribution may be forced to forfeit cars, boats, or other property that was purchased using the profits gained from drug dealing. Driver’s license suspension and a permanent criminal record are other consequences of a conviction.
If you have been arrested for distributing meth or any illegal narcotic drug, or are under investigation, it is critical that you consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan drug crimes attorney immediately. You have legal rights, and there are various options that may limit the damage to your life and prevent a conviction.