On Sunday December 28, a Morley, Missouri man was taken into custody for allegedly possessing a controlled substance, violating a protective order, and resisting arrest. 56-year-old Kevin McClendon was in possession of methamphetamine, according to a news article at the Southeast Missourian; he was also charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
A senior deputy with the Scott County Sheriff Department confronted McClendon at a business in Morley on Sunday morning regarding violations of an adult protection order. The deputy informed McClendon that he was being arrested for the violation; McClendon then pulled a container from a jacket that was inside his vehicle, which he had decided to leave at the location. The container had a plastic bag inside containing a substance that was found to be methamphetamine. McClendon was ordered to surrender the drugs to the deputy.
McClendon then backed up and walked away from the deputy, dropping the bag on the ground. At that point, the deputy took the offender’s left arm and ordered him to the ground, but McClendon would not comply and continued to resist arrest. He was eventually forced to the ground and handcuffed.
The deputy searched McClendon’s vehicle and found a glass pipe ; upon testing the plastic bag and pipe, both were found to have traces of methamphetamine.
While the news article did not reveal how much meth McClendon had in his possession, this is a very serious offense. In Missouri, the maximum penalties for meth possession include up to 7 years in prison and/or fines of up to $5,000. In the state of Michigan, the penalties are a bit more severe, and depend on the amount of drug involved. Those convicted of meth possession may face fines of up to $15,000, along with up to 10 years in prison.
Anyone who is found guilty of possessing an illicit narcotic drug or substance will have a criminal record, which affects employment opportunities and other aspects of life. If you have been arrested for drug possession or are under investigation, it is critical to your freedom and future that you work with a skilled and aggressive Michigan drug crime attorney. An arrest does not necessarily lead to a conviction, particularly when you have a capable defense lawyer in your corner.