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Couple Arrested for Drug Crimes in Drug-Free Zone

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

According to law enforcement in Texas, various amounts of methamphetamines, mushrooms, and marijuana were found while executing a search warrant on a home near a College Station skate park. There were also several drug paraphernalia items found in the home, including syringes, cash, and scales. The couple was charged with the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

Drug-Free Zones in Washington

In the state of Washington, “it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver, a controlled substance.” Drug crimes in Washington can lead to very severe penalties. However, drug crimes that occur in designated “drug-free zones” will garner even more serious penalties, often doubling the sentence for a drug crime committed outside of a drug-free zone.

The following are designated “drug-free zones” according to Washington state law:

  • In a school;
  • On a school bus;
  • Within one thousand feet of a school bus route stop designated by the school district;
  • Within one thousand feet of the perimeter of the school grounds;
  • In a public park;
  • In a public housing project designated by a local governing authority as a drug-free zone;
  • On a public transit vehicle;
  • In a public transit stop shelter;
  • At a civic center designated as a drug-free zone by the local governing authority.”

To be specific, as it pertains to these areas, a “school” refers to a public or private school, a “public park” means land that is operated and supervised by state or local government, and a “civic center” is a government operated facility which can be used for recreational, educational, or cultural activities. In the scenario above, the couple arrested committed their drug crime offense near a skate park ran by the local government, thus making it a drug-free zone.

Penalties for Drug Crimes in a Drug-Free Zone

Manufacturing, delivering, selling, or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance within a drug-free zone may double any fines or jail sentences an individual receives for an alleged drug crime. In Washington, many of the drug crimes committed in drug-free zones are classified as a class C felony and can carry up to 10 years of jail time and up to $20,000 in fines. It is important to note, however, that any penalties described in the Washington Code, in regards to a drug-free zone, only apply to adult offenders.

Seattle Criminal Defense Lawyer Steve Karimi

If you or someone you love has been arrested for a drug crime in a designated drug-free zone, such as a school or public park, then you need to retain the services of an experienced defense attorney at the Law Offices of Steve Karimi. Steve Karimi is a former King County prosecutor who now uses his legal insight to fight for the rights of those accused. Mr. Kairim has been named a “rising star” in criminal defense by Washington Law & Politics magazine and has been voted a top criminal defense attorney in the Seattle area. Contact the Law Offices of Steve Karimi today to secure your future.

About the Author

Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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