Drug Bust by Oxford's Metro Narcotics Unit

The Oxford Police Department's Metro Narcotics Unit made more than 17 arrests on Thursday and Friday in a sting operation.  The Oxford Eagle published the following story, which can be found here.
In its second operation of the year, the Lafayette Count Metro Narcotics Unit busted 15 University of Mississippi students Thursday for selling drugs.

The four-month long undercover operation led to the arrest of 17 people Thursday for various charges of selling marijuana, selling cocaine, sale of ecstasy and possession of the same.

Fifteen of those arrested were Ole Miss students, according to information provided by Metro.

On Thursday, Metro Narcotic officers confiscated one handgun during the roundup and $11,661 in cash.

In the March operation, 13 people were arrested for dealing drugs, including five Ole Miss students.

The total number of cases investigated from January through November has been 224.

“Operations of this caliber could not be done without the help and cooperation of all the local, state and federal agencies in our area,” said Cmdr. Searn Lynch.

I don't have the time or space to cover all of the potential ramifications of an arrest for the sale of the various drugs mentioned in the story.  But, the information I have about this "round-up" is that the majority of the arrests were for the sale of small amounts of marijuana.  The Mississippi Code, Section 41-29-139 (full text found at the preceding link), provides the penalties for sale of marijuana and other drugs - Section 41-29-139(b)(3) provides that in the case of a sale "of thirty (30) grams or less of marihuana, such person may, upon conviction, be imprisoned for not more than three (3) years or fined not more than Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00), or both."  So, for those arrested in the drug bust this week and charged with the sale of 30 grams or less of marijuana, the maximum penalty is 3 years in prison and a $3,000.00 fine.  For persons charged with multiple sales, sales larger than 30 grams, or sales of drugs other than marijuana, the penalties only increase.

A previous post which details the progression of a criminal prosecution may be relevant to some readers:
If I am arrested for a crime, what happens to me next?


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  • 13 January 2009, 8:01 PM Mike wrote:
    What about those they go after for possession? Is it true that the Mississippi Code, according to the NORML website, states that one can have thirty grams possession and face a "ticket" rather than jailtime first offense?
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    1. 13 January 2009, 11:31 PM Kevin wrote:
      Mike, Section 41-29-139(c)(2)(A) of the Mississippi Code states that possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana shall be punished by a fine between $100.00 and $250.00. You are correct that a first offense possession charge does not carry jail time. The law makes a big distinction between possession and sale of marijuana.
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