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Teen may have to face deportation over drug arrest

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Whenever there appears to be drug use or a drug problem in a school, authorities may investigate and pinpoint students who could be bringing the drugs into the school. Recently, a high school girl found herself under arrest for drugs, and she may now also be dealing with deportation. Any teenager in Maryland who is unsure of his or her legal status and gets arrested should be aware of the possibility of deportation.

The 19-year-old girl at the center of the case was selling brownies laced with marijuana on school property. She apparently had other students helping her to sell the drugged desserts. After one person ate a brownie and needed medical help due to acting erratically, there was an investigation that led to the discovery of the marijuana-laced brownie business.

Authorities now have reason to believe the young woman may be in the country illegally. Immigration officials are reviewing her case but have not filed any official charges against her. The drug charge she faces could result in being deported. Furthermore, if someone is deported because of a drug conviction, it may be impossible to be allowed back into the country again.

Whenever a criminal charge leads to an immigration investigation, it could also lead to possible deportation, and the exact nature of the charge can play a role. Some charges are offenses serious enough to warrant deportation while other charges may not be. Anyone in Maryland, regardless of age, who is facing a criminal charge and also facing the possibility of deportation should know their rights and what offenses can impede or prevent reentering the United States.

Source: fox40.com, "Teen Faces Deportation for Sale of Pot Brownies", Lonnie Wong, April 9, 2014

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