Throughout the years, drug abuse has been a menace to Portland, Oregon, communities. For that reason, the law prohibits residents from being involved with mind-altering substances. This includes the act of selling, manufacturing and possessing illegal drugs. In Oregon, distribution of drugs is considered a felony; conviction often results in severe penalties, including fines and jail time ranging from three years to life in prison.
In recent news, a high school student in Multunomah County has pleaded not guilty to marijuana dealing charges, which, authorities said, included sales to fellow students. The student, who recently turned 18, also pleaded not guilty to marijuana, cocaine and heroin possession. He appeared in court via video feed and his bail was set at $620,000. The charges came after police officers arrested the student in his home. Officers have allegedly recovered marijuana, heroin and cocaine from the house. Police also said that they confiscated drug packaging materials, a handgun, $169 in cash and a digital scale.
Authorities say that the student came to their attention after the neighbors' repeated complaints about suspected drug activity. According to the student's older brother, the issue has caused great stress to his family. A neighbor described the accused and his three brothers as good kids.
Drug charges can have a devastating effect on a young person. A situation like this may escalate into something bigger, even though the trial has not occurred yet. The drug allegations may ruin the young man's chances for a career or other potentially positive aspects of his life. His family may also be affected on a permanent basis because of his alleged involvement with drugs.
To avoid such consequences, a person who is faced with drug allegations may wish to obtain the advice of a legal professional. An Oregon legal professional can form a strong strategic defense against the accusations based on facts and evidence. The legal professional can also help to protect the defendant's legal rights.
Source: Oregon Live, "Grant High student sold marijuana to fellow students, police say," Helen Jung, May 10, 2013