Teen Calls Police, Admits to Selling Marijuana

A teen called police to report about a drug deal gone bad, meanwhile admitting that she was selling marijuana.

Impulsive call leads to criminal charges

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A teenager girl from Indiana was planning on selling marijuana to a couple other teens when they pulled a gun on her, took the merchandise, and stiffed her on a payment. Upset, the teen called police to report the theft. When officers arrived to take the young dealer’s statement, they observed more marijuana, multiple pieces of paraphernalia, along with scales and other items meant for preparing and selling marijuana.

Thieves caught, all teens arrested

Officers were able to find the marijuana thieves and those two boys along with the dealer and a couple other teens involved were all taken to a juvenile detention center. The two boys who stole from their dealer peer could face charges of possession as well as robbery. The teenage girl who alerted police to the illegal scene may face hefty charges of possession with intent to distribute.

Strict marijuana laws

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In the last several years, teens have been observing marijuana laws in neighboring states becoming more relaxed and the younger generation may assume all states are loosening their grip regarding marijuana. Unfortunately, there are still states that hold possession and especially distribution of marijuana as a serious offense. Similar to Utah, Indiana, where the teen was arrested, is another state whose marijuana laws remain incredibly stern.

Charges for selling marijuana

The Indiana teen arrested for selling marijuana could face a class A misdemeanor if under 30 grams or a class D felony if she had a larger quantity to sell. If charged as an adult, which is unlikely given there were no victims in this case, the teen could be facing a maximum of three years in prison. Charges for the same crime in Utah could result in up for five years in prison; up to 15 years for subsequent offenses.

Utah laws for teens

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Teens in Utah need to be reminded that although many states are lifting bans on medical marijuana and even marijuana for recreational use- that is not the case in Utah. Additionally, if/when Utah does get on board with decriminalizing marijuana, it will likely follow suit with other states and only be legal for adults over the age of 21 and only allow distribution from licensed businesses. Teens who are facing charges for possession or selling marijuana should seek legal guidance from a juvenile defense attorney.

Tween Driving without a License Busted for Trafficking Methamphetamine near Utah Border

A 13 year old tween driving without a license was taken into custody after being pulled over on I-70 near the Utah border along  for trafficking methamphetamine.

Traffic infractions

The 13 year old who was a few years shy of driving age was pulled over on I-70 east of the Utah border, near Fruita, Colorado. A County officer observed the tween failing to drive in a designated lane and pulled over the vehicle. When the officer approached the car and realized the young age of the driver, he asked the tween and the two adult passengers for permission to search the car.

Consent to a search?

The teen may have left with only traffic infractions for no license and not staying in a lane but for reasons unknown, the driver and his passengers gave the officer consent to search the vehicle. The officer located 23 packages of methamphetamine weighing in at 25 pounds total. The 13 year old unnamed minor along with 22 year old German Michel-Arreola and Irene Michel-Arreola were arrested for manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Trafficking through Utah

Details haven’t been released regarding whether the trio was driving into Colorado or attempting to leave the state when they were apprehended. The tween and both adults were all residents of Los Angeles and had either made their way through multiple states including Utah before being stopped by Colorado police or were on their way home. Either way, all three face the possibility of federal drug trafficking charges.

Know your rights and pick good friends

The Colorado officer could have found probably cause to search the vehicle, however it wasn’t needed as the three individuals from California gave him an open invitation to conduct a search. Drivers are encouraged to learn and exercise their right to politely refuse police searches if possible, or obtain a reputable attorney following any seizure of illegal contraband. Teens are warned to choose their friends carefully and steer clear of dangerous situations that could bring criminal charges.

Another Utah Teen Almost Killed by Synthetic Drug Pink

The synthetic drug Pink that killed two Park City teenagers in September continues to make its rounds as it almost claimed the life of another Utah teen on Friday.

A half dose leads to an overdose

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Only seven months after two 13 year old Park City teenagers lost their life after overdosing on the synthetic drug Pink, a 17 year old from Morgan, Utah was almost killed by a half dose of the same imported drug from China. Fortunately for the 17 year old Morgan boy, a family member was home at the time of his overdose and was able to get him medical care immediately; a mercy the families of the two deceased 13 year olds Park City boys did not receive.

U-47700 Pink

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the synthetic drug Pink, known formally as U-47700, “has a high potential for abuse and no approved medical use. ( . . . ) this dangerous synthetic opioid has been linked with at least 46 confirmed deaths ( . . . )[and] can be toxic – even in small doses.” The DEA adds that “its abuse parallels that of heroin, prescription opioids, and other novel opioids.”

New scheduled I drug

Pink is typically ordered online from sources in China and could be done so without using the online black market. Its ease of acquiring regardless of its danger caused law enforcement to make immediate changes. Although the synthetic drug Pink is not officially listed as a controlled substance, the DEA temporarily banned it back in November, listing it as a scheduled I drug. Those caught with Pink will face drug possession charges while those ordering it from China or helping distribute it will face drug distribution charges.

Criminal charges for 2 Utah teens

In Utah, 2 teens are already facing criminal charges for their roles in helping put Pink on the streets. A 16 year old Park City boy was discovered to be the one who ordered the supply of Pink online from which the two 13 year olds lost their life. More currently, 19 year old Parker Pentz from Morgan Utah was arrested for suspicion of supplying the 17 year old with the synthetic drug Pink that nearly killed him. According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Pentz was “booked into jail on multiple drug charges along with Child Endangerment and Reckless Endangerment charges.” Parents are encouraged to speak with their teens about the dangers that can come from illegal drugs such as overdosing or criminal charges. Parents who have teens facing charges should speak with a juvenile defense attorney.

Out of State Teen Arrested For Intent to Distribute $25K Worth of Drugs

An out of state teen visiting Utah from Oregon was caught with $25K worth of drugs with the intent to distribute them.

Bringing the party with him

19 year old Sean McDonald from Bend, Oregon was pulled over after police spotted him driving his motor vehicle on a walking path. When officers stopped McDonald to speak to him, they saw three juvenile passengers in the car in possession of cigarettes and also observed a strong odor of marijuana. This prompted officers to search the car where they found $25k worth of various drugs including marijuana, LSD, cocaine, and illegal or prescription pills the teen had brought with him to Utah with the intent to distribute them at the annual Festival of Colors.

Intent to distribute

Utah Code 58-37-8 states “it is unlawful for any person to knowingly and intentionally (. . . ) possess a controlled or counterfeit substance with intent to distribute.” The criminal charges for intent to distribute depend on what type of illegal substance the person arrested was in possession of. According to the Utah County Jail bookings page, McDonald was arrested and charged with four first degree felonies for possession of LSD, cocaine, and ecstasy with the intent to distribute. He also is facing two second degree felonies for intent to distribute marijuana and prescription drugs.

Wait, there’s more…

On top of the intent to distribute charges, McDonald is also facing three third degree felonies for endangering a minor because of the juveniles in his car as well as two misdemeanors and a traffic violation. That brings his running total of criminal charges to nine felonies, two misdemeanors, and one traffic violation. His bail was set at double the amount he expected to make selling the drugs in his possession. The juveniles in the car that were also from Oregon faced possession charges as well but not intent to distribute as McDonald was the only one determined to be selling the drugs.

Do you know where your teen is?

It is important for parents to know where their teens are at all times and not always assume they are where they said they would be, or even the same state. Teens who have passed the ripe old age of 18 should remember that they will forever be considered adults, and should act as such especially in the company of minors. For more information on drugs charges for old and young teens, contact a criminal defense attorney that also specializes in juvenile defense.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Charges for High School Sophomore

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A sophomore at a Utah high school is facing possible charges for possession with intent to distribute after a large amount of drugs were found in his car at the high school parking lot.

Drug dogs

Officers searched a 16 year old’s vehicle after a K-9 unit alerted law enforcement to a possibility of drugs in the car. The drug dogs were at the high school doing a random search of hallways, lockers, and student vehicles; something they do at least once a month.

Mobile illegal business

The teenager, whose name is not released due to him being a minor, was attempting to leave the parking lot of the high school when officers stopped the young man and searched his vehicle, finding over five pounds of marijuana hidden inside.

Possession with Intent to Distribute
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Possession with intent to distribute

Although there was no report on officers finding scales, baggies, or any other evidence suggesting that the boy was going to sell the marijuana, there is a high probability he may face charges of possession with intent to distribute based solely on the large quantity of marijuana he possessed. Since the five pounds of marijuana can be assumed to be more than a normal person would have on them for personal use, that may be all that is needed for intent to distribute charges to follow.

3rd degree felony +

Possession of over one pound but less than 100 pounds of marijuana is a 3rd degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine as much as $5,000. Someone facing possession with intent to distribute also faces a 3rd degree felony. While it may seem that the boy is facing a 3rd degree felony no matter which charge he faces, because he was in a school zone, intent to distribute charges would be increased to a 2nd degree felony. This is one of many reasons why it is encouraged to speak with a juvenile defense attorney regarding any drug charges.