Woman in California accused of drug trafficking

A California woman currently faces drug trafficking charges. People in the local community who learn of her arrest related to drug trafficking may immediately label her as a criminal, but in reality, she is presumed innocent before the court until and unless she is actually proved guilty. The woman was arrested on a recent Sunday.

Police said the 53-year-old woman was going east along Interstate 70 when they pulled her over. They said they then found over 11 pounds of the drug methamphetamine in the woman's vehicle during the police stop. According to officials, the meth had been placed in multiple bags kept inside her vehicle's spare tire.

The woman later admitted to officials that she was trying to take the drugs to another state. Her drug trafficking charges are considered Class X felonies, meaning they carry penalties of up to 30 years behind bars. The woman was held in jail on a bond of $1 million.

Drug trafficking convictions are serious, resulting in stiffer penalties than for conviction solely on drug possession. A person convicted of drug trafficking can expect to spend at least a few years in prison and pay a fine. This is one reason why prosecutors have to prove these types of drug charges beyond a reasonable doubt before any conviction can be secured. This requirement helps to prevent people who are innocent from being punished for crimes they did not commit. Those who face these types of charges have every right to fight for their legal rights in the California criminal justice system.

Source: bnd.com, "California woman charged with drug trafficking in Madison County", Feb. 25, 2015

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