Last week, a 20-year-old Vicksburg man was arrested for possession of cocaine. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Karllandys Demichael Clark was arrested during a traffic stop. As of last Friday, he was being held without bond and awaiting his initial court appearance at the Issaquena County Correctional Facility. According to WJTV News, law enforcement officers found a bottle containing crack cocaine and powder cocaine during a traffic stop which happened at Drummond and Realty Streets.
Inequality and The War on Drugs
Sadly, the so-called “War on Drugs” does little more than highlight the overwhelming inequality for people of various social classes across the country. With more people in prisons and jails than ever, and increasingly high recidivism rates, it’s easy to study the war on drugs as socio-economical class warfare. One of the clearest examples of the war on drug’s class-warfare agenda is how different sentences, mandatory minimums and punishments are utilized for different types of drugs. Typically, drug forms that are used more often by people in lower socio-economic classes often carry much higher sentences. A good example of this inequality is the difference between an arrest for cocaine and an arrest for crack cocaine.
Crack Versus Cocaine Charges
Sentencing and mandatory minimums are often much higher for drug cases where crack cocaine is involved than where traditional cocaine is involved. In the early 1990’s the general public was lead to believe that crack was infinitely more dangerous than cocaine, and harsher sentences were adopted. The same can be said for methamphetamine sentencing as well. Both of these drugs share a common theme, they’re typically used by people who are in a lower socio-economic category than say, powder cocaine drug users or even marijuana users, in some cases.
What to do After a Drug Arrest
After any drug arrest, is absolutely critical to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can be your advocate during a difficult time. Depending on what type of drug was involved, you could be looking at a minimum of 10 years for certain charges, even if you’re a first-time offender. Contact the experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for skilled representation in state and federal court at (228) 248-1600.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.