According to reports out of Forsyth County, three people were arrested on the set of a movie being filmed.
The arrests happened after people called police. There were reports about a suspicious vehicle that possibly contained large amounts of drugs in the back parking lot. The movie set was at a local high school.
The three unidentified individuals were detained while police searched the car. The K-9 unit found large amounts of methamphetamine in the vehicle. The investigation is still ongoing and police warn that more arrests may result from the incident.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind trafficking methamphetamine in the state of Georgia as it is the offense that is charged when a person is arrested for having a large quantity of methamphetamine.
Trafficking Methamphetamine in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines trafficking methamphetamine in Georgia as:
When a person sells, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is in possession of 28 grams or more of methamphetamine or amphetamine. O.C.G.A. §16-13-31.
A conviction for trafficking methamphetamine in Georgia has serious consequences. The penalty is based on the amount of methamphetamine that is seized. The delineations are as follows:
- 28 to 200 grams of methamphetamine - ten years in prison and a $200,000 fine
- 200 to 400 grams of methamphetamine - fifteen years in prison and a $350,000 fine
- 400 grams of methamphetamine or more - twenty-five years in prison and a $1 million fine
A trafficking conviction is classified as a felony conviction.. And as I've mentioned in all situations involving felonies - felony punishments in Georgia should never be taken lightly. The consequences of a felony conviction are life-altering.
Drug Offenses in Georgia are very serious criminal offenses. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a drug crime, contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney today. We can help you with your case.