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Guilty plea out of meth bust

January 25, 2014

A Beverly woman pleaded guilty Friday to selling drugs and operating a meth lab out of her home and was subsequently sentenced to four and a half years in prison....

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Jan-26-14 3:46 PM

I like the City of Tampa FL Prosecutor who charged someone for making meth on a charge of making a weapon of mass destruction.

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Jan-26-14 12:36 PM

JImGreen, the court can only convict on charges that can be proved. The prosecutor presents the charges and evidence to the court, and the defense attorney disputes the evidence. Law enforcement officers gather the evidence that the prosecutor will use.

The problem as I see it is law enforcement officers go for quantity of arrests instead of quality. They nab hundreds of small time pot growers and users in hopes that they can use them to catch the next size up on the "drug chain". They over dramatize the arrests and the prosecutor overcharges. Then the officers of the court present the case.

My point is that a person can only be convicted on evidence. If the evidence doesn't exist, there's a plea bargain.

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Jan-25-14 10:54 AM

Sarek I hope your post is scarcastic. Obama, in my mind is successful in only 1 thing...tearing down what used to be a great country- U.S.A.! Other than that his term(s) at the whitehouse have been a miserable failure! GOD Bless America!

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Jan-25-14 10:06 AM

The news (tv or paper) cite drug sales, drug users, meth labs, and crimes committed to support a drug habit are on the rise. And you wonder why? After reading this article, I can understand why!!! Law Enforcement are making the arrests; however, the court systems and prosecutor's are letting offenders plead down on their charges, giving reduced sentences, and running conviction sentencing concurrently rather than individual terms. 4.5 years instead of up to 12 years; who wouldn't plead guilty. With good time (one day served, one day taken away), she may see 2 years. If you want drug usage, meth labs and crime related incidents to decline; then the courts and prosecutor's need to discontinue reducing charges and sentencing and place the person or persons in prison for as long as possible. That should make the offenders think twice!!!!

And quit accepting the defendant's pleas of: "It wasn't my fault, I am addicted to drugs!!!"

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Jan-25-14 8:57 AM

It concerns me that we have people like this on our community and people that leave amazing comments like this... God help us all.

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Jan-25-14 8:22 AM

c r a c k c o c a i n e - thanks TIMES

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Jan-25-14 8:21 AM

Obama said that meth is no worse for people than the ************* he used to smoke before he became senator. He thinks that cocaine and meth should be made legal. Then we can all be as successful as he has become!

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