Earlier this week, a woman has been sentenced in a Jackson court for possession and intent to distribute. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the conviction was the result of an October of 2013 arrest. Apparently, 34-year-old Mercedes Sanchez was headed to Atlanta, when law enforcement officers with the Richland Police Department stopped her on a routine traffic violation. Her vehicle was searched, and 47 pounds of methamphetamine were discovered. The drugs were found to be 99.8 percent pure.
Maximum Sentence for Drug Conviction
At the time of the arrest, Sanchez was eight and a half months pregnant and had her nine-year-old daughter in the car with her. On January 15, 2015, she was found guilty. WJTV News Channel 12 reports that she has received the statutory maximum sentence, which is 240 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The report also indicated that Sanchez made several trips between the United States and Mexico for more than nine months.
Methamphetamine Possession and Intent to Distribute
Methamphetamine has been considered the new crack cocaine. As with any issue related to the so-called "War on Drugs," penalties and sentences are the harshest where drugs are the cheapest. Heavily criminalizing drugs that are typically used by people in lower socioeconomic categories has made helped to keep privatized prisons filled to the brim. Even non-violent offenders can face years in prison for their first offences. With mandatory minimums and truth in sentencing laws, first-time non-violent offenders have little hope for turning their lives around after a one-time mistake.
What to do After a Drug Arrest
If you've been arrested for methamphetamine possession, contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. You need an attorney with the time and resources to devote to your freedom. Depending upon the amount of drugs involved, you could be facing an extensive and lengthy court process at the federal level. You could also be facing harsh and lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines due to outdated and draconian drug laws.
If you're facing drug possession or distribution charges, contact the experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 as soon as possible.