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Oregon men face drug trafficking charges

While views on marijuana are rapidly changing throughout the United States, and especially here in Oregon, the drug is still highly regulated and often illegal. Even with laws that allow recreational marijuana use, the sale and distribution of marijuana is highly regulated. People who choose to sell, distribute or transport the drug will still face serious state or federal charges.

Two Oregon men are in trouble with the authorities after an alleged drug bust. While in a hotel room in another state, police claim that the men were distributing marijuana. Police say they were acting on a tip when they raided the hotel rooms rented by the two men. Inside the rooms, police claim to have found 11 pounds of marijuana.

One of the men consented to the search of the room after a police dog alerted the officers to the presence of drugs. Police also say that they found a backpack that smelled of marijuana and text messages on one of the man's phones indicating drug deals. Four cellphones and $2,600 in cash were found in the search in addition to the marijuana.

Following their arrests, the men have been charged with second-degree felony drug trafficking. While they were in police custody, they have since been released on $50,000 bonds. If convicted, the men could face serious penalties. These penalties could include prison time, large sentences, probation and more.

In these situations, it is important for people to protect their legal rights. Drug charges are often accompanied by questions about police conduct during a search and seizure. If police did not follow very specific rules, then evidence in the case may be excluded from a court.

Source: The Oregonian, "More than 11 pounds of marijuana found in Stow hotel room of Oregon men," Adam Ferrise, April 17, 2015

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