Despite current legal changes and uncertainties on both a state and federal level surrounding marijuana regulations and policies, drug charges are no small matter, regardless of any extenuating circumstances. Even for a drug charge involving a small amount of marijuana and no other substances, current laws mean that being convicted on misdemeanor possession charges can result in the creation of a criminal record where none may have existed previously. In a recent alleged incident in Iowa, the amount in question is not one most individuals would consider small, either.
According to Iowa City police, the incident began when a suspect was reportedly observed speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign. When officers gave chase, they claim a passenger from the back of the truck exited the vehicle. They say their pursuit continued until the truck crashed into a yard after running another stop sign.
Police claim that a suspect left the vehicle and began fleeing on foot. Supposedly, the individual ran until he was hit by a different vehicle in an alley. At this point, officers say they apprehended the suspect and took him into custody.
Iowa City police claim they discovered marijuana in the bed of the suspect's truck, supposedly totaling at around 40 pounds in all. Authorities claim to have also found in the suspect's possession a pipe that was used to smoke meth. The defendant now finds himself facing a drug charge of a controlled substance violation, in addition to an Iowa tax stamp violation, both of these are considered Class D felonies. In Iowa, a Class D felony is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and fines ranging to $7,500, so any residents who find themselves facing charges related to drug possession or trafficking may wish to seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney, as the guidance of such a lawyer is often essential to securing a positive outcome.
Source: thegazette.com, "Iowa City police find 40 pounds of pot after chase", Lee Hermiston, Jan. 5, 2018