On Dec. 14, Nebraska State Patrol claim that a man answered an ad for an Xbox system that a trooper was selling online. Not knowing that the seller was a trooper, the man allegedly texted the trooper that he would trade psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana for the home console because he did not have money.
Nebraska State Patrol officials launched an investigation with the help of the Chadron Police Department and WING Drug Task Force. In an arranged meeting between the 30-year-old man and 26-year-old woman in a Chadron parking lot, the couple reportedly offered the trooper two psychedelic mushrooms and 6 grams of marijuana.
Authorities allege that the individuals had three children with them when they met the trooper. When the pair was detained, the Health Department took the children into protective custody. Both individuals were booked in Dawes County Jail and charged with child abuse and the manufacture of a controlled substance. The man is also charged with marijuana possession with the intention to distribute while the woman faces aiding and abetting the consummation of a felony.
When people are convicted of drug charges, they may face harsh fines and imprisonment sentences. To help them protect their rights, the defendants might decide to hire a lawyer.
A legal representative might be able to get certain drug charges dismissed by providing evidence that authorities violated the defendants’ rights. In some cases, a criminal defense lawyer could negotiate with the prosecution to get the charges and penalties reduced. This approach might involve the defendants agreeing to complete substance abuse programs.
Source: KOTA, “Hay Springs duo arrested for trading illicit drugs for X-Box to State Trooper“, Ryan Murphy, December 16, 2014
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