Two men have been arrested on a slew of drug charges after police found them dozed off in a vehicle while parked in the parking lot of a church. The bust occurred in Benton, Kentucky, in the midmorning after an officer spotted the car and the apparently sleeping passengers.
The situation turned sour for the suspects quite quickly when an officer approached the vehicle and questioned them. Inside the vehicle, the officer observed a syringe containing liquid, which lead to a more thorough search of both the vehicle and the suspects. The search revealed a host of illegal prescription drugs and paraphernalia, including methamphetamine, baggies and a digital scale, and numerous pills ranging from Zolpidem to Clonazepam to Xanax.
The driver was arrested on charges of drug possession, paraphernalia possession, multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree, trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and trafficking in legend drugs. The passenger was also served charges after being searched and is facing possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a forged prescription for a legend drug and trafficking in legend drugs, as well as trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
It remains to be seen how the sentencing will come down for this array of charges, but it is unlikely to go favorably for the suspects. Drug charges carry notoriously harsh sentences for nonviolent crimes, and the trafficking-near-school sentences may be exceptionally stiff. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is vitally important that you secure a strong legal defense. Drug charges can stack up quickly and must be fought hard to keep a foolish moment from determining the rest of your life.
Source: West Kentucky Star, "Two Men Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges," Dec. 06, 2016