Alabama residents may have been in a position where they needed to visit a friend or loved one who is incarcerated. Visitors to most jails and prisons are subject to metal detectors and searches of their person and belongings. Though many visitors may prepare for these security measures ahead of time, they may not realize that they may face drug charges if the vehicle they rode in is searched.
Alabama residents are likely aware that our nation is in the grips of a substance abuse epidemic. Law enforcement across the country has increased efforts to combat drug use and distribution. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to overzealous drug charges.
Alabama residents may be among the many Americans who are confused about the legality of recreational marijuana use. Many states have passed laws lessening or eliminating criminal penalties for using or possessing small amounts of marijuana. There are restaurants, clothing brands, tourist destinations and art galleries that center on legal marijuana use. As prominent as the use of marijuana has become, many states, and notably the federal government, have not yet changed their laws, and possessing even a small amount of marijuana can still result in serious drug charges.
The internet and e-commerce has enabled the sale and distribution of many items online. While many of these transactions are legal, individuals are sometimes accused of using digital channels to arrange for the purchase and delivery of drugs and illegal items. Recently, an Alabama man was accused of federal drug charges following an investigation involving the online sale of methamphetamine, Alprazolam and fentanyl.