On Feb. 1, a San Jose man was taken into custody for drug possession after a traffic stop in Milpitas. The incident occurred at approximately 9:44 p.m.
The potential penalties differ in California for drug possession charges, depending on whether the person is charged with simple possession or possession with intent to sell. Possession of marijuana also have their own separate category of potential penalties than those for other drugs.
California is considering a ballot measure that will change some nonviolent felonies into misdemeanors. Proponents of the bill say Proposition 47 will save up to $200 million per year, and that money can go toward programs that will deal with issues such as truancy, mental health, substance abuse and victim services.
A California doctor who was accused of distributing a number of controlled substances to those who did not have a legitimate medical reason for needing the drugs was indicted on 15 counts. For each count, the man is facing a prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of $1 million.
On Sept. 10, California authorities allegedly discovered drugs in a woman's home during a probation visit. The 34-year-old was subsequently taken into custody, and she was charged with various felonies.
There is no shortage of examples in the media of arrests for drug crimes. In some cases, a person is arrested because they are seen by police allegedly dealing drugs. Sometimes they are arrested because they had been watched during a police investigation and now face drug possession charges. In other cases, people have been arrested because of tips or undercover investigations.
Four baggage handlers and seven others are facing serious criminal charges this month after federal investigators accused them of smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine in and out of airports across the United States. As some of our readers can imagine, the charges against them are fairly steep including drug possession and possession with intent to distribute.
A California man faces a number of charges after a traffic stop on Oct. 6 led to the discovery of marijuana in his car. The 28-year-old Twin Peaks man was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer shortly after 3 a.m. for suspicion of driving under the influence. During the stop the officer reportedly discovered an amount of marijuana in the man's car that exceeded the allowed amount for personal use. The man was arrested and taken to West Valley Detention Center where he faces driving under the influence charges as well as a number of drug charges, including possession of marijuana for sales, possession of marijuana and/or hashish for sales and possession of concentrated cannabis.
Authorities in Santa Clarita County, California, conducted a check on a 46-year-old parolee and took him into custody on Oct. 10 for alleged drug possession and drug sales. Deputies reported they found two forms of heroin, meth, marijuana and a weapon at his home. A representative for the sheriff's office said that their office is enforcing efforts to ensure that those on community supervision are compliant with the terms of their release. Officers from several agencies cooperated in the effort to check on individuals on probation and parole.
A pediatrician was taken into police custody on suspicion of drug possession near a California festival. The pediatrician was pulled over by police for a traffic stop when police allegedly found the drugs. Police reportedly found MDMA, GHB and illegal mushrooms in the pediatrician's possession. The pediatrician was taken into custody, but he not charged with any crime in lieu of him entering a diversion program.