Drug Crime Defenses Available to Those Charged in DC’s Synthetic Drug Crackdown

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D.C. police reported that they recently seized more than 250 pounds of “Bizarro”, which they claimed was a form of synthetic marijuana in berry flavor. The drugs were seized from a storage area somewhere in northwest Washington. Two people have already been charged in connection with the seizure, with possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids with an estimated value of $2.3 million.

The Metropolitan Police Department in the District has declared war on synthetic drugs and has been aggressively pursuing suspected sellers, in an effort to fight the synthetic drug problem in the District. But arrests must be lawful if any alleged evidence obtained during the operations are allowed to be used against the defendants. 

Police Allegations on the Synthetic Drug Crimes 

State law enforcers maintain that they were able to intercept a large shipment at a shipping company in Maryland. The shipment allegedly contained at least 19,247 packets of “Bizarro”, in two sizes: 3.5 and 10 gram-packets. 

Police further allege that: 

  • The Bizarro allegedly contained a controlled substance known as “XLR-11”, a Schedule 1 controlled substance
  • The seized shipment allegedly originated from the West Coast and was intended to be distributed to, and sold in, gas stations and variety stores throughout Washington, D.C.
  • The police allegedly used part of the seized contraband, approximately 250 pounds of so-called synthetic marijuana, to conduct a ‘controlled delivery’ to a storage facility in Northwest D.C.
  • The defendants allegedly accepted and signed delivery documents and loaded the shipment consisting of 14 boxes onto hand carts and then allegedly placed them in a storage unit. 

At Least 1 Defendant Says He is Innocent 

One of the defendants insisted that he did not know what the delivered boxes contained and that he thought all along that they contained hair products and other dollar-store items.

If found guilty, defendants could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison and hefty fines.

First Thing to Do after Drug Crime Arrest 

If you or a family member is arrested for alleged drug crimes such as possession with intent to distribute synthetic drugs, you are entitled to certain rights and to raise all defenses available in your situation. Insist on calling your criminal defense attorney and do not answer questions without your lawyer.

Your defense attorney can evaluate the charges made against you, weigh all the evidence, and implement an effective defense strategy for you.

In Washington, D.C., the law firm of Lotze Mosley, LLP has a combined experience of 25 years in criminal defense cases, helping to protect the rights of clients who have been charged with various crimes. Call our offices today at (202) 393-0535 to speak to an attorney and learn more about drug crimes defense.