Cherokee County police arrested two men in Leesburg on drug possession and drug trafficking charges last Thursday as authorities announced that they had intercepted a large quantity of what investigators referred to as an “unusual drugs.” The bust occurred during a routine traffic stop on April 23 and resulted in the confiscation of more than 100 candy-shaped ecstasy pills and a large amount of cash.
Sheriff’s deputies and agents belonging to the Cherokee County Narcotics Unit arrested Jason Charles Orr, 28, and a second, as yet unidentified man. Police found 104 individual pills, valued at $30 a piece and over $7,000 in cash during their search of the vehicle in which Orr, a Gadsden resident, and the other suspect were riding.
As a Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer, I have first-hand experience with drug crime cases such as this. Even though drug possession is the least serious narcotics crime, it is defined by Alabama state law as a Class C felony, the punishment for which is typically one to ten years in state prison. The consequences of drug trafficking, as it appears in this situation, are even more serious. If you or someone you know has been arrested on drug-related charges, you need the type of aggressive defense that Eversole Law provides all our clients.
This case has an added twist, as the drugs seemed to be made specifically for sale to teens and perhaps even younger children. Narcotics officers described the drugs as looking like candy, with a variety of colors and molded into shapes of cartoon characters from TV shows like The Simpsons and Smurfs. Sheriff Jeff Shaver of Cherokee County said that authorities believed the “disguised” drugs were targeted at young people, adding that the ecstasy drug is a dangerous compound for adults to take, much less for children and teens.
Suggesting that there could be more of the same drugs waiting to be brought back into the county, investigators believe the problem could be much larger. Pills of this sort could be mistaken for children’s vitamins and could be harmful or even fatal if inadvertently given to a small child.
Afternoon News Update, MyFoxAL.com, April 24, 2009
Ecstasy pills look like candy, MyFoxOrlando.com, April 24, 2009