On Feb. 26, a man and a woman were arrested and charged with drug trafficking, according to an announcement by the Oklahoma attorney general. The defendants were allegedly stashing a large amount of drugs in their southeast Tulsa home.
Officers from the Tulsa Police Department executed a search warrant at the home and uncovered almost 4 pounds of marijuana, 3 pounds of ecstasy and almost 2 pounds of methamphetamine. They additionally found assault-style firearms and other guns, digital scales and various items of drug paraphernalia.
The operation was funded by the Safe Oklahoma Grant, which is an annual crime-prevention allowance provided by the attorney general. In this case, the fund provided overtime pay for the officers involved in the investigation. In a statement, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said that drug dealers have to be "held accountable" and the annual grant is helping to reduce the amount of violent crime occurring in the state.
A conviction on drug distribution charges can result in serious consequences.. For example, a defendant convicted of trafficking 450 grams or more of methamphetamine can face 15 years to life in prison and up to a $500,000 fine. However, just because a defendant is charged doesn't mean that he or she is guilty. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, it may be possible for a defendant to fight the allegations and obtain a more positive outcome. The attorney could investigate the case and attempt to poke holes in the prosecution's case. In some circumstances, these efforts could cause the charges to be dismissed or win an acquittal at trial.
Source: KTUL, "An Oklahoma attorney general charges 2 with drug trafficking", Saundra Adams, Feb. 26, 2019