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Federal panel wants 46,000 drug crimes convicts released

The judges on a federal judiciary panel have decided to approve new guidelines for the sentencing of drug crime offenders. The panel of justices wants those serving long-term sentences for non-violent drug crimes to be released early. The measure was approved on a recent Friday. Now, it must go before Congress before it is codified into law, but if it is passed, in excess of 46,000 individuals could be released from federal jails in North Carolina and elsewhere.

The panel that decided on this matter is known as the U.S. Sentencing Commission. It is a part of the federal judiciary, and it plays a crucial role in determining how convicted criminals are punished depending on the crimes they were convicted of. Lately, the panel has been reviewing drug-sentencing guidelines, which many believe are a throwback to the draconian War on Drugs during the 1980s. Last April, the Sentencing Commission revamped and softened the guidelines for new drug crime punishments. This more recent measure will retroactively affect those who are currently in prison and serving time for previous drug convictions.

North Carolina authorities accuse 36-year-old of drug trafficking

The police department in Greenville, North Carolina, has announced the confiscation of heroin from a recent arrest. Allegedly, the heroin was also laced with Fentanyl, which is a powerful type of pharmaceutical pain reliever. This extremely deadly strain of heroin has been blamed for hundreds of deaths up and down the northeastern Untied States. The 36-year-old man who police say was in possession of the drug has been charged with various drug trafficking offenses.

The dangers of Fentanyl-laced heroin are well documented. According to an emergency room doctor and advisor to the police department in Greenville, death from a Fentanyl-laced heroin overdose can happen just five or ten minutes after ingesting it. First, individuals who take the drug will appear disoriented. Next, their breathing will slow down and they will have symptoms of respiratory depression.

Moore County man jailed on multiple prescription drug charges

Allegations of any crime affect the lives of those accused from the moment of arrest. Drug crimes in particular can impact an individual's reputation, making a strong criminal defense essential for protecting a person's future. A recently arrested North Carolina man would likely agree.

The Moore County Sheriff's Office arrested a Southern Pines, North Carolina, man after observing an alleged drug transaction take place in a commercial parking lot. Detectives claim they observed the man selling controlled substances to an individual on June 25. After observing the alleged drug exchange, detectives approached the man and placed him into custody. The arrested man now faces multiple drug-related charges.

North Carolina man pleads guilty to misdemeanor after mistrial

Drivers have to make decisions quickly when they drive. There are some instances in which making these types of decisions can have dire consequences. An accident that occurred in December 2012, highlights that fact. North Carolina residents might like to know how the case was ultimately resolved.

The accident occurred when the driver allegedly went around a stopped school bus. An 11-year-old child who was crossing the street to get to the bus was killed. The man who was charged in connection with the child's death recently pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

North Carolina bill makes taking a Venus' flytrap a felony charge

People who visit parks often don't think before picking flowers during their visit. If a North Carolina lawmaker gets his way, the theft of one plant that is unique to the area would become a felony charge.

North Carolina Representative Ted Davis has introduced a bill that would make taking a Venus' flytrap or a Venus' flytrap seed from Carolina Beach Park a felony. The Hanover County representative introduced the bill after several recent thefts of the unique plant. That bill recently passed the North Carolina House.

Charges not expected after NC sex crime allegations

Sometimes sex crime allegations surface years after an offense allegedly occurred. However, accusations don't always lead to criminal charges. In some cases, it may be possible to prevent criminal charges altogether if a defense attorney can show that there is no evidentiary link between the accused and the alleged crime. In yet other cases, when an allegation dates back to another era, the classification of the crime may mean that the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution has expired.

A North Carolina school's private investigation has led to sex crime allegations against a school principal and a teacher. Four former students of the school claimed to have been sexually abused by the principal between 1969 and 1975, and one student claimed to have been abused by the teacher in 1976.

DWI charge follows collision with ambulance in Gastonia

A news report doesn't indicate exactly how police came to believe that a man driving with his wife and a girl as passengers was intoxicated at the time of a harrowing crash with an ambulance. The accident happened at approximately 4 p.m. on June 2 in Gastonia.

Cameras were attached to the ambulance, and the collision was captured on video. One video shows the two emergency responders in the ambulance, and the other video shows a car briefly move off the right side of the road and then come back onto the road and into the path of the oncoming ambulance. Five people were injured in the crash.

Brothers in Sanford charged in connection with shop owner's death

Two Sanford brothers face serious charges after authorities discovered a woman dead in her place of business on May 29. One of the brothers, 25, formerly worked for the woman who was found dead. The young man was reportedly fired from his job about four months prior to the woman's death. One of the woman's other employees said the man had been accused of stealing money from a register.

A man who manages the store across the street from the thrift shop where the woman was found remembered the 25-year-old man. He said the young man had ambitions for the thrift store and wanted the woman to set up a website, which she did not do.

Home search leads to drug trafficking charges in North Carolina

Drug trafficking is one of the most serious drug charges a person can face. North Carolina law doesn't include trafficking charges for all drugs. When a trafficking charge is an option, the type of charge depends on the amount and kind of drug found by authorities.

A 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman in Wake County are facing multiple charges, including drug trafficking. Police claimed to have found a large amount of drugs in the woman's residence. According to reports, police acted on warrants that named both individuals. The warrants were obtained following a drug investigation that authorities said pointed to the man.

Young man from NC facing felony charges over alleged $76 theft

Property crime charges are aggressively prosecuted in North Carolina. Even if the value of the property in question is very little, a person can still be charged with felony larceny if the property was allegedly stolen in the course of a burglary. This way of charging allows prosecutors to pursue harsh penalties even if the defendant is not accused of physical violence.

A 26-year-old North Carolina man is facing two felony charges for allegedly breaking into a residence in the western part of the state. A person who lives in the home claimed to have seen the young man leaving the property. The resident, who said he had just returned home, contacted police, and officers arrived on the scene and arrested the young man now facing charges.

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