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Couple accused of selling opium poppy pods

On Feb. 3, it was reported that two California residents were taken into police custody after authorities seized a large amount of opium poppy seeds. Authorities stated that this seizure could potentially be the largest in California history.

Detectives in Mountain View reportedly received a tip that a 34-year-old man was processing and selling the opium seeds in October 2016. Authorities stated that the man and his 45-year-old wife were reportedly importing the opium poppy pods to their home on the 200 block of Monroe Avenue from overseas. The pods were then allegedly ground into a fine powder to be sold as a potent tea.

After investigating the case for several months, authorities finally served a search warrant at the couple's home on Jan. 31. During the subsequent search, authorities reported that they located 4,000 pounds of the opium poppy pods. The couple was taken into custody where they were charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and for child endangerment. They were being held without bond in a county jail.

If a person is facing felony charges for drug possession or distribution, the potential consequences if a conviction is obtained could include a lengthy jail sentence, expensive fines and years of probation when they are released. If another person was accused of the same crime, a criminal defense attorney may argue that the client was not involved in the distribution of the drugs and was not even aware that there were controlled substances in the home.

Source: Mountain View Patch, "Mountain View Police Make a Record-Setting Drug Bust", Mark Nero, Feb. 3, 2017

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