Federal prosecutors have charged a mother of two with manufacturing and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute it. The woman ran a marijuana growing operation in a warehouse located in Queens, New York. Authorities discovered close to 3,000 marijuana plants in the warehouse when they arrested her in May. The operation was worth $3 million.
Authorities said that the mother's activities were comparable to a Colombian drug cartel. Her operation was large, and the marijuana growing was highly sophisticated. The warehouse had proper lighting, ventilation, and irrigation systems to make the plants grow. The woman was using the profits from her drug business to support her family's upper-middle class lifestyle. It is unclear how long she had been running the operation.
A man who lives across the street from the warehouse says that the woman told him that her business manufactured baby furniture. Undercover law enforcement officers were waiting for her when she arrived at the warehouse on May 20. She was reluctant to surrender, and it took officers 10 minutes to get her into custody. She could receive a minimum sentence of 10 years if convicted.
A drug charge can have a negative impact on someone's life. It can lead to jail time, probation, and fines. Lawyers can help someone who has been charged with a drug crime. To build a defense, a lawyer will review the validity of the search warrant or traffic stop. They will also look at the circumstances of the defendant's arrest. They may be able to get the judge to reduce charges or have the sentence be a drug diversion program instead of more serious consequences.
Source: ABC News , "New York Mom Accused of Running $3 Million Marijuana Operation Indicted", AARON KATERSKY, June 18, 2013