Father and son face drug charges near Portland, Oregon
A father and his son are now in custody and facing drug charges. Police in Clackamas, Oregon, reportedly recovered a substantial amount of marijuana plants, dried marijuana, and guns at their home. The two have been charged with illegal growing, possession, and distribution of marijuana.
Police report that an informant from a trucking company tipped them off about a suspicious, overpackaged pallet in July. After several months of investigation, the police found that the 60-year-old accused father had paid to have the pallet shipped to New York, where he and his son would pick it up. After obtaining a search warrant, officers unpacked the pallet and found 39 pounds of marijuana.
A local task force then took over the investigation. Recently, the local police and a SWAT team raided the home of the father and his 24-year-old son. The officers allegedly recovered guns, 130 pounds of dried marijuana and 229 marijuana plants from the home. The accused are awaiting arraignment.
Possessing, growing, manufacturing and distributing illegal drugs are heavy-duty criminal offenses. In Portland, Oregon, and anywhere in the country, law enforcement agencies are intent on reducing, if not completely eliminating, illegal drug trafficking. A conviction for drug charges carries a potential prison term and fines.
In this case, there is substantial evidence against the defendants, and it will be difficult to avoid conviction. They will need a well constructed and aggressive defense to have the charges dropped, or at least reduced. Building such a defense strategy is daunting, but necessary. Any Oregon resident who finds themselves in a similar situation should utilize the assistance of a legal professional who specializes in fighting drug charges.