On Tuesday, August 25, two Lakeside, CA women were arrested after authorities found marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and ammunition inside a home located on Wintercrest Drive, according to a CBS news report.
The drugs were seized when sheriff’s deputies from the Santee station served a search warrant at the residence. An undisclosed amount of cash was also found in the home, according to an article at The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The suspects, 52-year-old Kristina Duerksen and 53-year-old Robin Faulkner, were arrested at the scene and charged with sales of controlled substances, possession and sale of drugs and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a place for trafficking in controlled substances, manufacturing a controlled substance by chemical extraction, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Duerksen and Faulkner were booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility.
The residence was evaluated and declared unsuitable for habitation; it was condemned because of the alleged presence of toxic narcotics-related residue (methamphetamine), according to reports.
It appears the women were manufacturing meth and selling the methamphetamine and marijuana out of the residence. Manufacturing meth or operating a meth lab is a very serious charge in most states across the country. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug, which means its potential for abuse and/or addiction is high. In the state of Michigan, those found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine may face punishment that includes fines of up to $25,000 and/or a maximum of 20 years in prison. However, certain factors may result in even harsher penalties, such as where the crime occurred, the defendant’s criminal history, whether firearms were present, and more.
When arrested or under investigation for a crime involving any type of illegal substance whether marijuana, meth, cocaine, heroin, or even prescription drugs, it is critical to work with a seasoned Michigan drug crimes attorney. Your legal rights must be protected, and a solid defense strategy developed in order to protect your freedom and future. Never face drug charges without a skilled defense lawyer at your side, as the consequences of a conviction can be life-changing.