Marijuana Trafficking at Airport Reduced to Possession
Our client was stopped at Charlotte/Douglas Airport when his flight arrived from California and several ounces of prepackaged marijuana were found in his luggage along with various items of paraphernalia and cannabis-related apparel. It became clear that the man was the owner of a marijuana dispensary in California, and prosecutors believed he came to Charlotte for the NBA All Start game to pass out marijuana to promote his business. Due to the amount involved, he was charged with marijuana trafficking and faced very harsh penalties, including up to 25 months in custody.
We reviewed the evidence and spoke to his business partners, and while the man was intending to pass out some of the merchandise in his possession at the game, the marijuana was really for his personal use – not intended to be trafficked. We negotiated with the prosecutors and outlined that it was not his intention to sell or distribute marijuana. Our argument was effective and we were able to have the charge reduced to simple possession, which was resolved with a small fine.
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