Federal Drug Charges May Follow Marijuana Plant Seizure

Under Michigan law, the misdemeanor possession of marijuana can lead to incarceration of as much as one year in jail. Cultivating or possessing the drug with the intention of selling it can lead to steeper penalties. A Crystal Falls man was recently arrested, and he is now facing weapons charges. Drug charges are expected.

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, in collaboration with the Michigan State Police and the Crystal Falls Police Department executed a search warrant related to the manufacture of marijuana and other suspected drug crimes at the 26-year-old man's residence on a recent Thursday. During the search, 106 marijuana plants were seized, along with processed marijuana weighing in excess of five pounds and some illegal firearms. He was booked into the county jail.

The initial accusations included only firearms charges. Police reported that drug charges were pending. Moreover, possession and sale of marijuana remains a federal crime under the Controlled Substance Act. The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were present at the scene, and it appears that federal charges will be filed as well.

Laws related to the legalization of marijuana nationwide, including in Michigan, are constantly changing, and many individuals may not be familiar with the latest laws. After an arrest on drug charges, the best first step an accused person can take is to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can assess the circumstances and work with the accused to fashion a defense strategy that is designed to serve the client's best interests.

Source:, "Over 100 marijuana plants seized in Crystal Falls bust", Sophie Erber, Sept. 18, 2015

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