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56-year-old enters guilty plea to conspiring to sell meth

A 56-year-old man from Mexico has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and possession of methamphetamine. He was allegedly part of a plan to sell approximately 4 kilograms of methamphetamine in Oakland. Another man involved in the case has also entered a guilty plea to drug charges.

The Mexican national admits to meeting with an individual in Oakland and showing him drugs stashed in a speaker inside the trunk. He faces life and prison and a $10,000 fine. The details of the other man's sentencing aren't known at this time.

Methamphetamine is a synthetic stimulant that comes in a pill, crystalline powder and crystal form. It can be injected, snorted, smoked or swallowed and is highly addictive. The drug is often produced in makeshift labs and uses toxic and very flammable ingredients such as acetone, hydrochloric acid and red phosphorus. The key ingredient needed to make methamphetamine is pseudoephedrine, which is commonly found in over-the-counter cold medicines.

In general, possession of methamphetamine is considered a felony in California and many other states. If an individual is convicted of possession, he or she can face up to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. If he or she is found guilty of directly selling or transporting the drug, the prison sentence is often increased.

Drug charges, especially felonies, are often very serious. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help by investigating the case and evaluating whether or not proper search and seizure procedures were followed. If they weren't or it can be proven that the drugs didn't belong to the accused, it may be possible to have the charges reduced or dismissed. Alternatively, the lawyer may be able to negotiate for the defendant's entry into a drug treatment program as a more effective alternative to a prison sentence.

Source: Willits News, "Oakland: Man pleads guilty to plan to sell nearly 10 pounds of methamphetamine," Kristin J. Bender, Feb. 28, 2013

Source: California Code, "Article 5: Offenses Involving Controlled Substances Formerly Classified as Restricted Dangerous Drugs [11377. - 11382.5"

Source: The Meth Project, "What is Meth?"," 2012

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