People who live in South Carolina and hear about criminal drug charges should know that there are a wide variety of these types of charges and offenses. It should never be thought that all cases are the same. Some people might be arrested and later charged with a misdemeanor while others can find themselves facing felony charges and even federal offenses. The penalties associated with these various crimes can be wildly different as well.
Most people know that felony crimes are more serious than misdemeanor offenses and therefore they can lead to longer or more severe consequences. When a person is charged with a federal offense, the severity can increase even further. According to a report by ABC Columbia, there are today 26 people who have been charged with multiple federal offenses in both South Carolina and in Georgia.
The charges were levied from three separate indictments by a federal grand jury and are the result of an investigation started in 2017 that ended up including multiple law enforcement agencies or groups. Charges related to weapons and drugs.
The 26 defendants range in age from 20 years old to 56 years old. Methamphetamine, crack cocaine and cocaine were the substances identified in the indictments. Specific charges included drug trafficking, conspiracy to distribute a substance or the distribution of a substance. It is not known what potential consequences are associated with each offense. Also unknown at this time is how any of the defendants might plead in their respective cases at this time and if any of them might enter into plea deals with prosecutors.