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Actor, girlfriend post bond in drug case

Movie buffs in North Carolina may be interested in knowing about a criminal case that is unfolding on the other side of the country. According to news sources, actor Hopper Penn and his girlfriend were released from police custody on April 5 following a drug bust in Nebraska the previous day. Hopper is the son of celebrities Sean Penn and Robin Wright.

Reports indicate that the young couple was initially detained by police during a traffic stop on westbound Interstate 80 on April 4. A Nebraska State Patrol trooper noted alleged drug activity after pulling over their 1992 Volvo for failing to signal. The subsequent investigation revealed 14 grams of marijuana, 3 grams of psilocybin and four amphetamine pills inside the car.

The 24-year-old actor is now facing charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance (psilocybin). As this is Hopper Penn's first offense in the state, possible consequences for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana are limited to a $300 fine, a citation and a drug treatment course. Penn's girlfriend was charged with possession of a controlled substance (psilocybin) and possession of a controlled substance (amphetamine). Each party was released on $25,000 bond.

A drug possession charge in Nebraska is a felony crime that could ultimately be punishable by a hefty fine, prison time and a year of post-release supervision. North Carolina residents might want to be aware that drug charges may also have serious consequences at home in the Tar Heel State. While evaluating a specific case, a criminal defense lawyer may be able to determine if protocols were violated during the initial investigation. In some situations, deficient evidence could lead to a reduction of the charges or dismissal of the case.

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