Recently in Pennsylvania, a major investigation lead to the arrests of more than two dozen individuals. The investigation reached into two states, and the police are still looking for a handful of people suspected of delivering and selling drugs. At this point, 25 adults are facing drug charges and other criminal allegations, and there is a complaint against at least one juvenile connected with the case.
Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana a few years ago, but law enforcement is still trying to figure out how to monitor for drugged driving and other related crimes. Police currently have no way to accurately verify whether someone with marijuana in his or her possession has a valid medical marijuana license, which may result in improper drug charges. Law enforcement is currently not able to access the database that keeps track of licensed medical marijuana users.
Pennsylvania laws regarding various different types of drug offenses are strict, and if convicted, a person could face significant consequences. Up until very recently, one of those consequences including the suspension of that person's license. That is no longer the case, as recent changes in state law mean that a conviction of drug charges will not affect driving privileges.
A Pennsylvania driver finds himself in serious legal trouble after a routine traffic stop. The man was stopped by a police officer for having a headlight out. After speaking with the man, police allegedly noticed drug paraphernalia in his vehicle, and supposedly the man was not honest with police about his identity. He is now facing drug charges, driving with a suspended license and more.
In college towns across Pennsylvania and the United States, police officers are on high alert for the types of crimes normally associated with college life – including drug possession. Unfortunately, while many police departments will gladly invest in officers and patrols, they aren’t willing to invest in quality field testing kits that help identify illegal drugs outside of a lab setting.