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41 North Carolina residents charged with a felony

Durham police initiated a series of crackdowns over the course of the week of September 17, according to local sources. Apparently, 41 people were arrested and charged with a felony related to alleged drug or prostitution crimes. Operation Bull City Intercept, as it was termed, focused on alleged drug trafficking routes and was carried out by several North Carolina law enforcement agencies. 

Details of the individual arrests were not elaborated upon by authorities in this report, but it has been confirmed that several vehicles were stopped on local roads and searched. These vehicles were traversing several roads that police had been watching for some time as potential regular routes for individuals carrying and/or intending to sell illegal narcotics. It is unknown whether police had search warrants for each vehicle or if the searches were initiated on the spur of the moment. 

Drug crimes: North Carolina man arrested for selling pop tarts

A North Carolina man has been arrested for trying to sell crushed Pop-Tarts to an unsuspecting undercover drug agent. An undercover drug agent met with the 30-year-old man in order to buy crack cocaine. What he supposedly purchased instead was not crack at all. It was the remains of a crushed Pop-Tart breakfast pastry. Nevertheless, the man was still charged with drug crimes.

The man reportedly sold the fake crack to the officer for $20 in the transaction. Later, when authorities performed a field test on the alleged crack, they determined that it was pieces of Pop-Tart. After the man was questioned about why he sold the officer Pop-Tart, he allegedly said he was tight on cash.

What should I do if I am arrested on drunk driving charges?

North Carolina residents who have been pulled over and arrested for driving while impaired (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) will be facing some of the nation’s strictest drunk driving laws. Indeed, our state is constantly updating and increasing the severity of penalties associated with drunk driving convictions. If you have been accused of such a crime, you may wish to seek professional legal assistance to defend against the charges.

The lawyers at Rowland & Yauger have extensive expereince in the area of DUI and DWI defense. Best of all, our firm does not charge a fee for an initial consultation. We can help those accused of DUI by evaluating their cases to determine whether a trial or a negotiated plea bargain is most appropriate. Indeed, our lawyers have handled hundreds of drunk driving matters, and during the representation of our clients, our primary goal is to educate our clients regarding possible outcomes, to successfully prepare our clients for court and -- above all else – to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

5 face drug charges in North Carolina

Five men were recently indicted on charges related to drugs in North Carolina. Although these individuals were charged, they cannot be convicted unless prosecutors prove they are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The individuals all face drug charges after being accused of selling and delivering cocaine, which is a felony, as well as committing other offenses.

For example, the individuals were charged with possessing cocaine and intending to manufacture it along with selling and delivering it. They were additionally accused of maintaining a home for keeping drugs as well as conspiring to sell and deliver cocaine. All of the arrested individuals are between 27 and 55 years old.

North Carolina mom arrested for a crime after fire challenge

A woman from North Carolina has been arrested after allegedly allowing her teenage son to engage in the “fire challenge.” The fire challenge is a frightening trend among teenagers throughout the country, which -- believe it or not -- involves them setting themselves on fire. The idea is to see if they can quickly extinguish the fire, and the “challenge” is typically completed in a shower. Now, the boy's mother has been arrested for a crime relating to the incident.

In the instant case, a 41-year-old mother allegedly allowed her 16-year-old boy to complete the challenge at the end of last month. She is even accused of videotaping him while he did it. As such, police believe that she condoned and perhaps encouraged the dangerous act. She was ultimately arrested and faces charges of contributing to a minor’s delinquency.

22-year-old North Carolina man charged with a theft crime

A North Carolina man was recently arrested after police claim they witnessed him dragging a safe down the road with his vehicle. Authorities have charged the 22-year-old man with a theft crime. They allege that he stole the safe after breaking into a drug store.

The man has also been charged with breaking and entering, safe cracking and larceny. Other charges include possessing stolen goods, trafficking heroin and opium and various motor vehicle violations. At this time, it is unknown whether the man has obtained legal representation to defend himself against these charges.

Former recipient of Long Leaf Pine award indicted on embezzlement

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the highest recognitions awarded to outstanding citizens in North Carolina. The honor is bestowed by the governor on those who have dedicated 30 years or more of service to the state. One retired police officer who was a recipient of the prize has now been indicted by a jury on embezzlement charges.

The indictment was just recently handed down, and the man was reported to have been making preparations to surrender himself to the State Bureau of Investigations. The indictment follows after the SBI has claimed to have been conducting an investigation since early in 2013. He has been accused of embezzling close to $32,000. He was reportedly serving as treasurer of the Internal Affairs Investigations agency for North Carolina.

North Carolina mother arrested for drunk driving with kids in car

DUI charges vary in severity in the state of North Carolina. Depending on the facts and circumstances of the drunk driving arrest, whether an accident was involved and whether any injuries or deaths were attributed to the accident, the severity of potential punishments can range from mild to severe. The presence of children in a car at the time of an arrest can also affect the severity of the punishments.

For example, in a recent DUI arrest that occurred on a recent Saturday, a mother was taken into custody after her car crashed into a river. Allegedly, when authorities arrived at the scene, two young children were sitting in the back with their seat belts on and eight inches of water had flooded into the car. According to police, the kids were 6 and 7 years of age.

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.

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