Drugs are a common problem among Baton Rouge residents. Drug offenses are one of the top reasons why a person is arrested in Louisiana. Anyone can find themselves caught up in a drug offense charge and facing serious penalties.

For example, a corrections officer who works at the Angola state penitentiary was recently arrested for allegedly smuggling in drugs and contraband to prisoners. After a routine search of employees’ cars, officials found tramadol, ecstasy, marijuana, crystal meth and rolling papers in the employee’s car. The employee was arrested and charged with intent to distribute ecstasy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute tramadol.

When a person is arrested for drug offenses such as intent to distribute or drug distribution, they can face serious penalties and an aggressive prosecution. Drug offenses are not tolerated in Louisiana, and those who are convicted may face thousands of dollars in fines, a felony criminal record and prison time. A legal professional who is skilled in criminal defense can help their client tell their side of the story. They can investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest, including whether there was an appropriate search and seizure conducted by the authorities. An attorney can work hard to get a favorable outcome for their client including dismissal of charges, suppression of evidence and acquittals. An attorney understands the seriousness of drug charges and how they can negatively affect a defendant’s life.

Drug crimes are a major contributor to the population of local jails. Those who are facing drug charges should know how serious these crimes are and that their personal and professional reputation, along with their everyday lives, are on the line.

Source: theadvocate.com, “Angola corrections officer arrested Saturday after authorities say she tried to sneak in drugs, contraband“, May 27, 2017