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Last week, Los Angeles police conducted a routine traffic stop and pulled over Harry Kaladjian. Authorities discovered that Kaladjian had been driving with a suspended license and was on probation. Because he was on probation, police followed Kaladjian to his home and did a probation compliance check. At Kaladjian’s home, officers found a large scale marijuana operation. Approximately 800 marijuana plants filled the house and several large plastic bags of marijuana were found. Kaladjian and eight other people were arrested and over $1 million worth of marijuana was confiscated.
California law makes it a felony to possess illegal drugs for the purpose of selling them. Further it is also a felony to sell, furnish, administer, give away, transport or import an illegal narcotic. If charged with either crime, you face jail/prison time, probation and will be required to pay large fines. Possible defenses to drug crimes include illegal searches and seizures by the police, police misconduct, entrapment, mistaken identity by the police, lack of intent and lack of knowledge. If you are charged with a drug crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to assist you in fighting your charges or reducing your sentence.