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At the end of October, 64 people were arrested in Southwest Philadelphia over the course of 3 days in an effort to make Halloween safe for kids in West Philadelphia. Nearly all of the arrests were for drug related charges, and several had outstanding warrants for other criminal charges.
Authorities were able to seize crack, cocaine and marijuana. They also seized ten rifles, five hand guns, 3 cars and $6,000. All of it, not including the cash, totaling about $22,000.
Individuals arrested for drug related charges face hefty consequences depending on what type of drugs and the charges.
Types of Illegal Drugs
Pennsylvania drug law categorizes drugs into five schedules. The most dangerous drugs are in Schedule I, and the least dangerous drugs are in Schedule V. Marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and are not accepted for medical use. These drugs are considered unsafe, even under medical supervision.
Crack and cocaine are considered Schedule II drugs and have a high potential of abuse. In addition, they may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence.
Philadelphia, PA Drug Charge – Simple Possession
An individual is found guilty of simple possession if the drug is found on the person, i.e., in his pocket, shoe or somewhere the person has control over, i.e., his car or his apartment.
For a small amount of drugs, such as 30 grams of marijuana, an individual faces up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500. For a larger amount of drugs such as more than 30 grams of marijuana, the individual faces up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
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Philadelphia, PA Drug Charge – Possession of Drugs with Intent to Deliver (PWID)
A more serious drug possession charge is Possession with Intent to Deliver Drugs (PWID). It occurs when an individual possesses illegal drugs and intends to sell the drugs. PWID is also called drug trafficking, and it is a felony crime.
It is important to note that individuals who face PA drug charges may also face federal drug charges.
Philadelphia Criminal Lawyer Handling Drug Charges
If you have been arrested for drug related charges in Philadelphia, it is important to have an experienced Philadelphia criminal drug lawyer on your side. There may be issues with the arrest or evidence that may be suppressed. Call our office to schedule a FREE consultation. 215.564.0644
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Source: www.philly.com (64 people arrested in 3-day drug sweep in SW Philly)