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Driver might face drug crimes charges for THC tea mixture

Criminal charges can have a profound impact on people's lives. Many defendants in Massachusetts feel uncertain about their future when facing charges for alleged drug crimes, which can result in severe consequences if convicted. These concerns likely extend to an out-of-state man, who was recently arrested after police suspected that he was under the influence of an illegal drug while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Police claim that they initiated a traffic stop when they registered the man driving just over 20 mph above the posted speed limit. At some point during the stop, an officer became suspicious that the driver might have been under the influence of marijuana, although they did not give a reason why. Officers then placed the driver under arrest.

A subsequent search of his motor vehicle uncovered what police say were boxes of bottled liquids. Uncertain of their contents, they were taken for further examination and determined to be a combination of several liquids, including tea and flavored juice. THC -- a compound found in marijuana -- was also allegedly found in the bottles. In total, police seized over 1,000 bottles of the liquid, which they estimated to be worth $23,000.

Although it is not entirely clear what type of drug crimes charges the driver might be facing, it is never too early to prepare. Most Massachusetts' defendants find that they can achieve the best possible outcome by taking the time to carefully prepare their defense alongside criminal defense counsel. For some this means fighting the charges to their fullest extent in criminal court, while others find that negotiating a plea deal will serve their best interests.

Source: masslive.com, "More than 1,000 bottles of marijuana-infused drinks found during traffic stop", Michelle Williams, Sept. 8, 2017

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