A Louisiana man returned to his home from three days working offshore recently and found his wife there. With her was another man, hiding in the shower. He also found the makings of a meth lab.
It's a story that seems like a scene from a comedy movie until one reads the details and finds a tragic tale not far below the surface. The man and his wife had been separated for some time already, and she was arrested earlier this year with another alleged drug manufacturing operation. The man told police that when he found her in his home, he thought she was acting suspiciously and he soon found the other man, along with packets of drugs.
Police later arrived and found drug paraphernalia and chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamine in the woman's car. The man fled, but was later arrested. Both the wife and the other man face numerous drug charges.
Louisiana and federal authorities can be very serious about arresting, prosecuting and punishing people accused of drug crimes. However, it's important to remember that everyone accused of drug crimes in Louisiana is entitled to a defense.
Many people get involved with drug manufacturing and distribution simply because they are addicted to drugs. For individuals such as these, it may be possible to reduce charges through entering a drug diversion program. In other cases, the best option may be to present the strongest defense possible. A strong criminal defense can help to reduce the penalties associated with drug charges.
Source: The Times-Picayune, "Marrero husband arrives home to find wife, another man and a meth lab, cops say," Michelle Hunter, Nov. 18, 2013