Sometimes, a person is charged with a drug offense when he or she is completely innocent. In other cases, the person is guilty of a relatively minor crime like misdemeanor possession, but prosecutors charge them with a more serious felony, like distribution. This raises the stakes of the outcome of the case, because it raises the possibility of harsher penalties.
A woman who had a New York man living in her home says that he was the one selling drugs, not her. Nevertheless, police arrested the woman earlier this year on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute.