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Fingerprint test could detect cocaine use

Michigan residents may not have heard about a new fingerprint test that may determine if an individual has used cocaine. In addition, it can use a process called mass spectrometry to find out if an individual actually put the substance in his or her body or merely touched it. Doctors say that when an individual uses cocaine, the body excretes small amounts of benzoylecgonine and methylecgonine.

Woman facing charges on methamphetamine production

A Michigan woman is facing charges of maintaining and operating a methamphetamine production lab. She was recently arraigned and is free on bond. On Feb. 25, the State, Sheriffs, Chiefs Enforcement Narcotics Team and the Traverse Narcotics Team, both multi-jurisdictional organizations, implemented the search warrant at a Ludington home on North Harrison Road. During the process of searching, items were found that are used to make methamphetamine.

Possible legal defenses for drug charges

In Michigan and the other states in the U.S., someone may be charged with possession of illegal drugs for either personal use or with the intent to distribute. Defenses to this charge vary according to the facts in the case. States have differing laws, but the federal government usually tends to be tough. There are several defenses to drug possession.

Possible consequences when charged with theft

No one can know exactly what will happen when charged with a crime as the circumstances always vary, but Michigan residents may wonder about the possible consequences if convicted of theft. If one is accused of theft, the type of item allegedly stolen usually influences the kind of charges that follow. For example, property with a low value may result in a misdemeanor charge while higher valued property could lead to a felony charge.

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