Marijuana Grow House Busted in Las Vegas

January 14, 2013

On Friday police busted a marijuana grow house in Las Vegas, which harbored up to a thousand pot plants. Just two days earlier, police busted another grow house holding up to fifteen hundred plants. The two suspects arrested in that raid face charges for the Nevada crime of possession of marijuana with intent to sell among others.


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Six Charged with Meth Distribution in Reno

Last week six people were indicted by a federal grand jury in Reno for allegedly conspiring to possess 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it. Trial is set for August 28. In addition to charges for the federal crime of trafficking narcotics in Nevada, they also face charges for using a cellular phone in pursuance of distributing the drugs.


The federal crime of trafficking narcotics in Nevada is very broad. It encompasses such illegal acts as knowingly manufacturing drugs, knowingly distributing drugs, knowingly dispensing drugs, and knowingly possessing drugs with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense them. The primary defense to this crime is that the defendant didn't act knowingly and had no idea the drugs were there.

Penalties for the federal crime of trafficking narcotics in Nevada depend on whether it's the defendant's first drug trafficking conviction, the amount of drugs trafficked, the kind of drugs trafficked, and whether the trafficking caused death or serious injuries. For instance, a first-time trafficking offense of a schedule V drug carries only up to one year in prison. But a first-time offense of trafficking over one kilogram of marijuana can carry up to a life sentence.

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Kansas Man Facing Nevada Drug Charges

January 5, 2011

Last week a thirty-two-year-old man from Kansas was arraigned on five drug felonies after the Nevada Highway Patrol allegedly discovered nearly a dozen pounds of marijuana and oxycodone in his car. He was reportedly arrested in Florida for drug crimes as well including possession of cocaine with intent to sell. His bail was set to $50,000.

The Nevada crime of possessing drugs for sale makes it unlawful to possess narcotics for the purpose of selling them. Police often presume a suspect has intent to sell if they're carrying around a lot of cash (especially small bills) and a weapon and are found in areas where drug deals typically take place. Other alleged signs that someone may be committing the Nevada crime of possessing drugs for sale include possessing large quantities of the narcotics and storing them in evenly-measured, separate containers or baggies.

Penalties for the Nevada crime of possessing drugs for sale depend on the type of controlled substance involved. A first offense for intending to sell schedule I or II drugs is a category D misdemeanor, carrying one to four years and maybe $5,000 in fines. Otherwise it carries one to four years and maybe $10,000 in fines. But probation may be possible for a first-time conviction.

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