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Category Archives: Drug Crimes


How Does Virginia Classify Substances For Drug Crimes?

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Drug crimes under Virginia law are not created as equals. Depending on the type of drug in question — referred to legally as controlled substances — charges for possession or distribution crimes can vary wildly. The penalties for drug crimes involving more dangerous substances like heroin or cocaine are more severe than offenses involving… Read More »

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What Is The Safe Overdose Reporting Law For Virginia Drug Crimes?

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When a person reports an overdose in Virginia, they can secure immunity from prosecution for certain drug crimes. This law exists to help ensure that any overdose is promptly reported, thus allowing medical personnel to react as quickly as possible. But in order to qualify for immunity under this law, the overdose reporter must… Read More »

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Virginia Jury Convicts 2 In Massive Drug Trafficking Case

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A federal jury returned guilty verdicts in a massive drug trafficking case that spanned from Texas to Virginia, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DoJ). This case traces back to January 2016, when a Virginia man began coordinating a widespread drug trafficking conspiracy crime. Court documents indicate that this man… Read More »

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Virginia Police Arrest 2 For Distribution Drug Crimes At Supermarket

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Police arrested two men for allegedly using a Virginia supermarket to commit drug crimes involving cannabis distribution, according to an article by WAVY. According to reports, supermarket employees received an unexpected package in early June. The delivery company informed the supermarket that the package was delivered to the wrong location and promised to pick… Read More »

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Is It A Virginia Drug Crime To Distribute Imitation Controlled Substances?

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Distribution drug crimes in Virginia normally involve dangerous controlled substances. These controlled substances are broken down into categories — referred to legally as schedules — based on likelihood of abuse and any recognized medical use. The most dangerous substances appear in Schedules I and II, such as heroin, cocaine, and meth. In addition to… Read More »

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Why Do Virginia Drug Crimes Change Based On Substance Schedules?

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The Virginia Criminal Code classifies drug crimes largely on the basis of the controlled substance schedules. Using various factors, these schedules divide illegal drugs and similar substances into categories. The most dangerous and addictive drugs are usually classified in Schedule I or II. Correspondingly, the criminal consequences become more severe for drug crimes involving… Read More »

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Does Virginia Require Conviction For First-Time Drug Crime Offenders?

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In Virginia and across the United States, drug crimes represent serious offenses that can result in confinement and expensive fines. But under Virginia law, there is a separate route for certain people who are facing their first charge for a drug crime. Sometimes referred to as the first-time offender program, this section enables certain… Read More »

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Overview Of The Virginia Drug Crime Of Heroin Distribution

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The Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the danger of illegal drugs and other controlled substances, so it features strict laws against numerous types of drug crimes. Within this arena, distribution crimes involving Schedule I controlled substances like heroin have particularly stringent penalties upon conviction. Furthermore, the same penalties can apply to possession, if the offender… Read More »

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Drug Crime Suspected After Drone Leaves Package At Virginia School

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An attempted drug crime went sideways in Virginia, after a drone mistakenly dropped a package of cannabis and other items at a Virginia school instead of a nearby prison, according to an article by WTVR. This incident occurred on Monday, September 13, just before 6 a.m. A witness allegedly saw a drone descend onto… Read More »

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Seventeen People Arrested For Various Drug Crimes In Virginia

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Several law enforcement agencies in Virginia collaborated to arrest 17 people for various drug crimes, according to an article by WJHL. This operation was the result of a collaboration between the Virginia State Police, the 29th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Grundy Police Department. After their respective arrests,… Read More »

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