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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 it up. But in the meantime, two men arrived at the store to inquire about the package, which confused supermarket employees.

Local police arrived shortly thereafter and discovered approximately 200 pounds of cannabis in the package, which equates to roughly $1 million in street value. It seems that the two men used the supermarket as a drop-off location, which was a surprise to the supermarket staff and owner. As a result, police arrested both of the men in question and booked them into custody.

At this point, the two men in question will likely face criminal charges for unlawful distribution of cannabis or possession with intent to distribute. While this situation continues to develop, it seems like an adequate time to review the Virginia statute that governs cannabis distribution crimes.

Cannabis Distribution Laws in Virginia

Code of Virginia Section 18.2-248.1 provides the laws against cannabis distribution. Under this section, it is unlawful to distribute, manufacture, sell, or give away cannabis. In addition, this section prohibits the possession of cannabis with intent to distribute, manufacture, sell, or give away.

That being said, there are exceptions to cannabis distribution laws under the Virginia Drug Control Act. This act authorizes certain types of distribution, including medical purposes. But outside of authorized manufacture and distribution under the Drug Control Act, it is a crime to distribute cannabis in Virginia.

Cannabis Distribution Penalties in Virginia

Section 18.2-248.1 also describes the penalties for cannabis distribution. Any person who violates this section with respect to:

  • One ounce or less — Will face Class 1 misdemeanor charges and a maximum punishment of $2,500 in criminal fines and 12 months in county jail;
  • One ounce to five pounds — Will face Class 5 felony charges and a potential punishment of up to $2,500 in criminal fines and one to 10 years in prison; or
  • More than five pounds — Will face felony charges and a potential punishment of criminal fines and five to 30 years in prison.

In addition, Section 18.2-248.1 establishes an enhanced penalty for repeat offenders. Any person who violates this section for a third or subsequent time can face criminal fines up to $500,000 and five years to life in prison.

Do You Need Legal Help?

For help from a skilled Leesburg drug crimes lawyer, contact Simms Showers LLP. Reach out to us today for a consultation.

SOURCES:

wavy.com/news/local-news/norfolk/norfolk-supermarket-wants-to-distance-itself-from-drug-delivery/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter7/section18.2-248.1/

law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title54.1/chapter34/

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