An arrest for federal drug charges can be life-changing. A person convicted on federal drug charges, such as a federal drug trafficking charges or even simply possession, can face a real possibility of serving time in a prison. Because of this, it is important for anyone facing federal drug charges to take their defense of the charges seriously. This means waging a strong defense aggressively and early. It could be the difference between freedom and jail.
According to reports, the Sacramento Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested 17 men on federal drug trafficking charges. The charges follow a two-year long investigation into the alleged trafficking of illegal substances. The FBI also noted that the men are believed to be a part of a well-known prison gang. Despite this announcement federal prosecutors have not filed conspiracy charges, which can further complicate the matter.
An FBI agent said the recent arrests highlight the FBI's strong commitment to reducing gang activity in southern California. In the course of the FBI's multiple year investigation into the illegal trafficking activity, federal agents also seized nearly 30 weapons, multiple cars, methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other illegal substances.
Depending on the person's involvement in the alleged trafficking scheme, they may be able to strike a deal with federal prosecutors. Working with federal agents could shave years off of a sentence, or even keep a person out of prison all together. Whether or not a person should consider a deal with prosecutors, however, depends entirely on the circumstances and the evidence prosecutors have tying each one of the individuals to the various crimes.
Source: Sacramento Bee, "17 arrests, seizures result from Sacramento FBI task force gang sweep," Nov. 8, 2012