Residents of Arizona know that different crimes carry different penalties from state to state, but they often times don't think about the impact of different laws until they read about them in the news. This is likely the case for some people this month after hearing about the arrest of two Arizona residents in Iowa for possession of methamphetamines.
After an 18-month investigation, the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force believed that two Arizona men, a 49-year-old and 47-year-old, and another 44-year-old man from Iowa, were involved in the possession and distribution of methamphetamines within the state. In conjunction with local law enforcement, it's believed that officers issued a search warrant which yielded what is believed to be 20 pounds of methamphetamines.
Based on news reports, the drug task force and the local police have released very little information about the case and at this point, many of the events surrounding the case are based in speculation. We can only assume that the substance seized in the search was tested and allegedly has come back positive as methamphetamines. We can also assume that this was the rationale behind the arrest of the three men.
At present time, all three men are facing felony charges for drug possession with intent to sell. In Arizona, charges of drug possession can carry varying degrees of penalties. Because methamphetamines constitute as a narcotic in Arizona, the men would have seen the penalty of six months to a year-and-a-half in prison. Iowa law is different however and because of the Class B felony status for the drug charges, the three men could see a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison with a $1 million fine if convicted. Because of the seriousness of the consequences, it will be incredibly important for the men to seek legal representation at the earliest possible moment.
Source: WHOtv.com, "DRUG BUST: 20 Pounds of Meth Seized," Kelly Maricle, Feb. 13, 2013