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Drug charges could mean prison for Georgia man with gummy bears

Its proper name is tetrahydrocannabinol. That mouthful is shortened to THC, the abbreviation for the name of the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Here in Georgia, it is illegal to possess, consume or sell THC.

According to news reports, a 31-year-old man arrested in Atlanta is facing drug charges after police officers searched his vehicle and said they found 50 pounds of THC-infused gummy bears and other illegal drugs.

Atlanta law enforcement officials say officers initially tried to pull the Forest Park man over for a traffic stop. However, he exited his vehicle and fled on foot.

A search of his vehicle turned up the gummy bears "packaged for resale," police said, as well as cannabis oil, THC paste and 100 grams of marijuana. Officers also found a handgun they said had been stolen in Gwinnett County, as well as more than $8,000 in cash.

The penalties for drug possession and drug trafficking in our state are severe. The man arrested in this incident faces the possibility of years in prison if convicted.

Possession of a Schedule III, Schedule IV or Schedule V drug is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in state prison. Punishment for possession of a Schedule I or narcotic Schedule II drug is even worse: 10 to 40 years in prison or even life behind bars.

Before a person in similar circumstances speaks with police or prosecutors, they should talk with a Gwinnett County criminal defense attorney experienced in drug trafficking defense and drug possession defense.

You can contact Philip Kim Law, P.C. for more information.

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