On April 10, a 47-year-old Florida woman was arrested for allegedly dealing crystal meth in Homosassa. According to media outlets, detectives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home, which is located on Woodward Place, early in the morning. The property reportedly had a large amount of litter and debris in the yard. Inside the home, officers say they found various safety hazards, including exposed wiring and sewer problems. The house was being powered by a generator.
A search of the home allegedly yielded 18 grams of methamphetamine, meth that had been pre-packed for sale and various pieces of drug distribution equipment. Some of the meth was reportedly found within the reach of children who were living in the home. The defendant has been charged with drug trafficking. If convicted, she could face up to three years in prison. The children were attended to by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Defendants facing drug charges could face years in prison and steep fines if they are convicted. Once they are released, they could also have difficulty finding meaningful employment or be denied certain educational opportunities. However, a criminal defense attorney may work to protect a defendant’s rights, investigate the case and develop a defense against the allegations.
For example, if legal counsel discovers the police overstepped their authority during search and seizure, the charges might be dismissed by a judge. Even if the case is solid, the attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors that reduces the charges, which might lead to a more lenient sentence.
Source: WTSP, “Florida woman named Crystal accused of trafficking crystal meth,” Samantha Mitchell, April 13, 2019