When an American citizen is charged with marijuana possession in Louisiana, the penalties can range from up to six months in jail and a maximum $500 fine to up to 40 years in prison and a fine as high as $400,000 - depending on the amount of marijuana found in the person's possession and the number of prior offenses.
Blaine Keel of Baton Rouge was recently arrested and charged with several drug offenses after officers from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office received an anonymous tip that Keel was at in his apartment smoking methamphetamine. Upon searching the apartment, deputies discovered a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe, and a bag containing marijuana.
Law enforcement authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish have recently stepped up their efforts to enforce drug laws in the area, targeting both those they claim are involved in drug trafficking as well as those charged with drug possession. Recent harsh enforcement efforts have focused both on cocaine and heroin and on various synthetic drugs.
Police in Biloxi Mississippi recently uncovered 31 one-pound bags of hydroponic marijuana during a routine traffic stop. For those who aren't aware, hydroponic marijuana is grown indoors under artificial light.