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Ways to Defend Against Ketamine Charges

Massachusetts law enforcement arrested an individual following the seizure of 14 pounds of drugs. According to Massachusetts police, an officer patrolling eastbound on Route 84 spotted a Sienna minivan and found it was traveling almost 20 miles per hour above the speed limit. As a result of the vehicle’s speed, law enforcement stopped the vehicle. 

After law enforcement approached the minivan, the officer identified the driver. Through conversation, the man stated that his destination was JFK Airport in New York City. The man stated that he was going to the airport to pick up passengers.

The driver showed the law enforcement officer the GPS on his phone while driving to an address in Massachusetts that did not exist. When law enforcement questioned him about this detail, the man responded that he was headed to Arlington instead of the airport but did not have an additional explanation for his new destination. 

Law enforcement also questioned the man about his travel and what was inside the vehicle. The man granted the officer permission to search inside the vehicle, where law enforcement found several bags holding powder, crystals, and other white substances matching the description of Ketamine, a Class A controlled drug.

After locating the Ketamine, law enforcement arrested the man. Law enforcement then searched the vehicle. The search revealed 14.33 pounds of the drug, which has a value of over $200,000. 

The man was transported to the Sturbridge Barracks to be booked, fingerprinted, and photographed. The man was then held until his arraignment on charges of Class A narcotic trafficking and speeding.

Veterinarians primarily utilize Ketamine to relieve pain, but Ketamine is also commonly used as a street drug. Classification as a Schedule IIIN, non-narcotic under the federal controlled substances act makes it against the law to use, sell, possess, or transport ketamine. 

Parke-Davis developed Ketamine in 1962 as a pain killer during the performance of the medical procedure. The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1970s and helped to treat soldiers in the Vietnam War.

Strategies for Defending Against Ketamine Possession

Some of the best strategies for defending against possession of Ketamine include the following:

  • You had a valid prescription for the medication at the time of the offense
  • You were not aware that Ketamine was in your possession
  • You were not aware that Ketamine was a controlled drug
  • Law enforcement rights your 4th Amendment, 5th Amendment, or other Constitutional rights while arresting you

Speak with a Drug Crime Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime in Massachusetts, you should not hesitate to obtain help from a skilled defense lawyer. Do not hesitate to contact Attorney Edward R Molari today to schedule a free case evaluation.