Louisiana troopers assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division commonly team up with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate cases involving prescription drug and narcotics distribution. Individuals associated with these various agencies aggressively pursue and prosecute potential drug offenses. Because the stakes are high for anyone accused of committing a drug offense, it is important to consult with an experienced defense attorney immediately.

Recently, state troopers working in the Baton Rouge Criminal Investigations Division arrested a 46-year-old St. Amant man for several drug offenses. Targeting the man, they executed a search warrant at his home. According to the authorities, they discovered 54 marijuana plants, varying amounts of prescription drugs and a small amount of marijuana at his home.

The man was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail and charged with distribution of Schedule II narcotics, specifically Oxycodone, as well as cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana.

Being charged with a state or federal drug crime can be frightening. Conviction can lead to time behind bars, excessive fines, drug treatment programs and other negative consequences. Even worse, a conviction will remain on a defendant’s criminal record, causing problems any time that person applies for a job, a loan or even an apartment.

Whether a defendant is facing a charge for drug possession, manufacturing, distribution or trafficking, the penalties are stiff. Therefore, it is critical to speak with a defense lawyer as soon as possible. Was the search properly executed? Were the substances found in the home properly identified? Were the defendant’s rights violated in any way? An attorney will answer these questions and more.

Source: WeeklyCitizen.com, “Troopers arrest St. Amant man on drug charges,” 17 May 2011