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Texas pharmacist accused of several drug crimes

A pharmacist in Texas currently faces 12 felony criminal charges involving drugs. His alleged drug crimes include selling marijuana and various prescription drugs that are commonly abused. The man facing drug charges is 33 years old.

Apparently, the man reportedly sold marijuana and prescription drugs to an undercover police officer. He is alleged to have conducted a couple of large transactions in a single day after explaining to the operative that he could sell him a bulk amount of Valium, oxycodone, Concerta and Xanax for $1,000. In the first transaction, the man reportedly gave the operative the above-mentioned pills as well as lorazepam pills for $500. Valium, lorazepam and Xanax are all used for treating anxiety, whereas Concerta is used for treating attention deficit disorder, and oxycodone is an opioid used to treat severe pain.

During the pharmacist's and undercover officer's second meeting, the pharmacist allegedly sold these same pills along with marijuana and liquid codeine for $500. He now faces a felony in the first degree, four felonies in the second degree and seven jail felonies at the state level. In the state of Texas, the penalty for a jail felony is between six months and two years behind bars. Meanwhile, the penalty is between two and 20 years behind bars for a felony in the second degree, and it is between five and 99 years or even life behind bars for a felony in the first degree.

Being accused of drug crimes can understandably be intimidating. However, anyone facing serious drug charges has the right to proceed to trial to fight the charges. There, the prosecution must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before any conviction can happen. An attorney will push for the most personally favorable outcome for the defendant given the circumstances surrounding his or her case.

Source: texarkanagazette.com, "Honored pharmacist faces charges", Lynn LaRowe, March 22, 2018

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