Western Missouri sees first synthetic drug arrest

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Friday, November 30, 2012

There has recently been a lot in the news about the production and distribution of synthetic drugs. One of the most common synthetic hallucinogens to hit the news has been a substance sold under the title of bath salts. The distribution of these drugs, although often represented as legal, is considered by the justice system as an illegal drug offense.

Some Missouri residents may not have heard much about these substances because not many arrests have been made for their production or distribution in all parts of the state. However, that may soon change as authorities recently arrested three family members in Missouri for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to distribute a synthetic drug known as K2.

According to the federal indictment from a grand jury, the three family members allegedly involved themselves in a $6.7 million conspiracy to distribute this synthetic drug throughout certain Missouri businesses. According to investigators, the scheme has been ongoing since late 2009. The three are facing federal drug charges for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance as well as charges for the federal crimes of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

A rigorous defense is extremely important for those that are in a situation where they face such severe federal drug charges. If not handled very carefully by an experienced federal defense attorney, the result can be a conviction that is accompanied by serious penalties. These penalties may include monetary fines or a prison sentence as well as limited access to future occupations, mandatory regular drug testing and limited access to children.

When an individual is arrested on suspicion of commission of a federal crime, it is important that they understand that they have rights. Defendants are entitled to these rights under the Constitution of the United States and there is never a situation when those rights can be legally violated or withheld. Defendants should know that they have the right to remain silent and they also have the right to an attorney.

Source: McDonald County Press, “Family Indicted in Area’s First Federal Prosecution for Synthetic Drugs,” Nov. 15, 2012