You’ve no doubt heard that recovering drug addict actor Charlie Sheen was taken to Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai hospital late last week due to alleged abdominal pain. Sources reported that he suffered from a hernia. And while this may very well be true, other sources who were reportedly with Sheen prior to being taken to the hospital say that after receiving a “designer suitcase filled with multiple bricks of cocaine” he immediately began using the drug and continued to do so for several hours. So the question is – will overzealous police or prosecutors try to charge Sheen with violating California’s law against possessing a controlled substance?
California’s law against possessing a controlled substance is defined in Health and Safety Code 11350 HS. This law makes it a crime to possess a controlled substance without a valid prescription. Cocaine is one of the types of controlled substances that are regulated by this law.
If convicted of HS 11350, Sheen would face a felony, punishable by up to three years in the California state prison. However, without actually having that alleged suitcase in their possession, prosecutors would face a losing battle, since third-party “reports” that the suitcase existed would be excluded as “hearsay”…an inadmissible type of evidence.