When an individual in Oregon is found to be in possession of drugs, he or she will likely be charged with drug possession by the state. However, some such cases are charged under federal instead of state law. A 47-year-old man in another state recently appeared before a federal grand jury that indicted him on federal charges of drug possession and firearms offenses.
Reportedly, police responded to an emergency call reporting a shooting incident. Upon investigation, a loaded firearm and marijuana were recovered from the accused man's residence. A joint investigation between the local police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives followed. The findings of this investigation reportedly led to the filing of the charges.
In a news release, a U.S. Attorney said the accused man was charged as a felon who had a firearm in his possession. It is alleged that this firearm was used in furthering his activities in drug trafficking, and he was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Reportedly, if convicted, this man may receive a prison sentence of between five years and life. Furthermore, there may be fines of up to $1,500,000.
It is important to note that an indictment is only an allegation, and no conviction can take place until -- and only when -- the prosecutors have proved the accused man's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Any Oregon resident who is facing federal charges is entitled to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. This may be invaluable as weapon charges when combined with other criminal charges can dramatically increase potential penalties that could come if convictions are obtained.
Source: timesleader.com, "Edwardsville indicted on federal firearm, drug charges", Travis Kellar, May 11, 2016