Severe penalties can be imposed upon Louisiana residents convicted of drug crimes. The harshness of punishments handed down by state and federal courts is determined by several factors, including drug type, quantity and the alleged action taken with the drug, from drug possession for personal use to drug trafficking. Laws also forbid possessing or buying certain chemicals used to cultivate or manufacture drugs.
Two Baton Rouge business owners, a 41-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, were among 11 people recently arrested in Louisiana and four other states. A federal grand jury indicted the defendants on smuggling, conspiracy and money laundering charges. Prosecutors allege that the drug ring purchased chemicals from China to create and sell synthetic marijuana in the U.S.