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2 people face federal charges for allegedly transporting meth

Two people from San Diego have been released on their own recognizance after being arrested in the Midwest for possession of methamphetamine. Post-arrest interviews documented in federal court filings with the woman, 58, and the man, 47, indicate that they knew they were transporting methamphetamine from California. The man allegedly said he knew that the drugs were in the vehicle because he and the woman used some during their cross-country drive. According to court records, the woman said she was delivering the drugs to someone in St. Paul.

When law enforcement stopped their vehicle on Interstate 35 in Freeborn County, officers reported finding 10 pounds of what appeared to be methamphetamine. The drug had been divided into 10 packages wrapped in cellophane. Officers confiscated an additional 2 grams of a similar substance from the man when booking him into jail.

Although the local prosecutor has dismissed charges against the duo, federal authorities have stepped in and charged both of them with possessing methamphetamine with an intent to distribute. To avoid further jailing prior to their court dates, they are expected to cooperate with DNA collection and avoid breaking the law.

When authorities accuse someone of committing drug crimes, legal advice may help the person understand their rights and make informed decisions within the criminal justice system. An attorney might propose a defense strategy if the evidence appears open to challenge. Legal opinions about the strength of the case may aid a person who must choose between a plea deal and standing trial. Under both circumstances, the advocacy of an attorney might limit penalties by working to protect a person from overly aggressive prosecution.

Source: Albert Lea Tribune, "2 California residents now face federal charges for meth", Sam Wilmes, Nov. 5, 2018

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