Larry Reid Jr. and Elizabeth Sue Donaldson are the latest statistics in an ever-burgeoning category of criminals in the United States and especially here in North Carolina. The two Cherokee County residents robbed a Parker’s Drug Store at gunpoint on February 3rd, looking for narcotic pills. Police reports state that the two of them managed to get away with hundreds of pills in the course of the robbery. Police finally arrested the couple following a tip that their car had been spotted elsewhere.
Situations such as that of Reid and Donaldson are hardly news — drug related crimes happen on a daily basis in the United States. However, what is surprising is that a recent study shows that fully 71 percent of all men arrested on any kind of criminal charge tested positive for some kind of illegal narcotics in their system.
In the study, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy looked at arrest records in 10 large metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Charlotte, NC was one of those cities. Researchers found that Charlotte had the single highest rate of drug-related crimes (such as the one committed by Reid and Donaldson) in the country, with fully 29 percent of violent crimes related to drugs.
This study suggests that if the United States were to work harder on curbing the nation’s drug problem, rather than simply arresting people who are caught with drugs in their possession, crime rates could be dramatically reduced.
If you or a loved one has been arrested on any charge involving drugs, it is important that you work with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can provide you with the best defense possible. Your attorney can help you to make your argument in court and can also help you to look for mistakes in police procedures which may exonerate you.