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Five arrested in South Carolina for alleged meth lab

On behalf of Anderson Law Firm posted in Criminal Defense on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Lexington County, South Carolina, Sherriff's Department claims that a black bag found on the porch of a residence led to the arrest of five individuals they believe are involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Officers responded to the residence when they received a report about an alleged methamphetamine lab. After arriving, officers stated they smelled chemicals in the air, a scent they claim to be indicative of a methamphetamine lab. A further search yielded the black bag, which contained chemicals police claim are common in meth production, and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Drug crimes, especially those dealing with distribution, are serious. Criminal charges can be brought that lead to fines and lengthy prison sentences. In addition, a drug conviction will always have an effect on future drug charges, no matter how long ago a previous conviction occurred. In these instances, fines and jail sentences are increased depending on the number and severity of prior convictions. A competent criminal defense team will work on a drug case with the result of dismissed charges, decreased sentences or reduced charges.

Drug offenses come in many varieties -- possession, possession with intent to distribute, distribution and trafficking. While many offenders are caught with illicit drugs like crack cocaine and heroin, others are caught with substances that can be illegal, but that can also be legal.

Methamphetamine's components, for example, contain many common chemicals that can be legally purchased at several retail stores. The fact that one possesses these substances does not mean that individual should be charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. The same holds true for those who possess prescription pills like painkillers.

A good defense team will protect an accused from these dangers, and ensure that the law does not do an injustice to those who are undeserving.

Source: The State, "5 arrested in LexCo meth lab bust," Noelle Phillips, May 24, 2012

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