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North Carolina to Begin Enforcement Against CBD Industry

As discussed previously here, the recent legalization of industrial hemp and hemp derivatives including cannabidiol ("CBD") has raised questions about the permissibility of adding CBD to foods and supplements. Although the 2018 Farm Bill and NC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program allow for the regulated growth, processing, transport, and sale of hemp and CBD products, the Food and Drug Administration was quick to assert its enforcement authority under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. The FDA's current position is that the addition of CBD to food and supplement products is not permissible and enforcement action may be taken against violators.

Local mayor sentenced on drunk driving charges

A North Carolina mayor pleaded guilty on Jan. 14 to driving while impaired on election night. Robert L. Williams, Jr., the mayor of Sharpsburg, was sentenced to one day in jail as well as 24 hours of community service and two years of probation. He was elected on May 8, 2018, after courts ordered a rerun of a 2017 election that he had lost by three votes, according to the official count. When he left Sharpsburg's town hall, a Nash County polling place, on election night, some said that he appeared to be impaired due to alcohol consumption.

Local police said that Williams almost caused a car accident and nearly hit another vehicle with his truck. Police also said that he was swerving between lanes and that they attempted to perform a traffic stop on the road. However, he did not stop until he returned home. At the time, he was accused of having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .13 percent, well above the .08 percent legal limit in North Carolina.

Can you get a DWI in something other than a car?

When most North Carolinians hear about DWI stories, they hear about people driving regular cars. One recent example occurred in Wilmington where a drunk driver hit and killed a bicyclist. While the risk of injury or death is lower when a person is on a bike or golf cart, she or he can still get a DWI when on these vehicles. 

After a night of drinking, some people may think they are better off riding a bike home. However, it is in everyone's best interest to avoid operating a mode of transportation of any kind when you feel intoxicated. 

North Carolina state and federal agencies arrest 30 for drugs

It was announced on Jan. 9 that 30 people were arrested on a variety of drug-related charges following a joint investigation by North Carolina state law enforcement agencies, local police and federal agencies in Bladen County. The investigation focused on the town of Bladenboro and its surrounding area.

Investigations intensified after multiple complaints were received by the Bladen County Sheriff's Office about drug sales in and around Bladenboro. Authorities identified 35 people who allegedly sold and distributed drugs around the town. On Jan. 4, multiple agencies took 27 people into custody out of the 35 who were identified. Three more people were arrested on Jan. 7.

Fighting back against federal drug charges

Federal drug charges can pose a significant problem for alleged offenders in North Carolina since severe penalties could accompany a conviction. There are many types of federal charges that people may face; while serious drug trafficking or distribution charges may have the most severe impact, other people may face federal misdemeanor charges simply because they were arrested in a national park by U.S. park rangers. If you are facing any type of federal drug charges, it's important to understand how working with an attorney can help you to fight back.

It can be particularly important to work with a criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience in the federal justice system. Skilled federal attorneys can work to present strong defenses that have been shown to be successful in federal courts. Christian Dysart, a founding attorney at Dysart Willis, has a proven record of successfully defending people facing drug charges in federal court. Ryan Willis, the other founding attorney at the firm, has also successfully handled a number of jury trials in the federal system.

Two arrested in drug trafficking bust

North Carolina authorities arrested two men in early January for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking operation. The bust led to the seizure of a significant amount of heroin and cocaine.

According to media accounts, officers with the Greenville Regional Drug Task Force and the Pitt County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit executed a traffic stop on Reedy Branch Road in Winterville around 8 p.m. on Jan. 3. The stop was made based on information authorities obtained during a two-month investigation into drug trafficking activities in the area. After the defendants, who were aged 43 and 36, were pulled over, officers searched their vehicle and allegedly uncovered 2 kilograms of heroin, 1 kilogram of cocaine and $32,840 in cash. Two firearms and three vehicles were also seized during the course of the investigation.

Three men sentenced to federal prison for dealing drugs

A U.S. district court judge recently sentenced three men to several years in federal prison for their roles in a North Carolina drug trafficking ring. The defendants were indicted on drug conspiracy charges in the Eastern District of North Carolina in June.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the defendants, who are residents of Wilson County, were involved in a drug-dealing operation that distributed crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana in Edgecombe County, Nash County and Wilson County. Some of the evidence entered against them included recorded telephone conversations in which they discussed drug transactions and conspiracy to commit drug transactions.

North Carolina raid yields illegal gambling, drug arrests

According to law enforcement authorities in Robeson County, North Carolina, deputies with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement; Robeson County Sheriff's Office; Lumberton Police Department; U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and Department of Homeland Security raided a property on suspicion of an illegal gambling operation. The raid happened on December 14 and netted multiple arrests.

The Robeson County Sheriff's Office reported that it had learned that the property owner of the Buffalo Ranch had restarted an illegal gambling operation after an earlier raid. The Buffalo Ranch is reportedly run by the Tuscarora Nation, a group of individuals who claim that they are a sovereign nation.

North Carolina man sentenced to 30 years for drug trafficking

On Dec. 14, a Clinton man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for his role in a large-scale narcotics trafficking organization that operated in three states. Additionally, the man will be placed on federal supervision for 10 years upon his release from prison. The organization was one of the 'most significant" drug trafficking groups ever prosecuted in the state, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The investigation into the organization yielded evidence that included physical surveillance, wiretaps and testimony from undercover police and confidential informants. The Clinton man was one of 25 individuals indicted and ultimately was found guilty of trafficking large amounts of methamphetamines, cocaine and crack cocaine. He and three other defendants pled not guilty to the charges against them.

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