Both federal and state law prohibits the manufacturing, cultivation, trafficking, distribution and possession of certain illegal substances. While the penalties for drug charges can vary dramatically depending on the substance and intended use, drug trafficking is often considered one of the most serious drug offenses that a person can commit. California readers may find the following information on federal drug trafficking interesting.
It was recently reported that a federal grand jury returned multiple indictments that charged six residents of Sacramento, Yuba and Sutter counties with federal drug trafficking offenses. According to news reports, between October 2012 and October 2013, a federal investigation was conducted into a methamphetamine trafficking operation in the Yuba City area that resulted in agents seizing more than four pounds of the drug.
In order to conduct the investigation the Drug Enforcement Administration along the Yuba Sutter Narcotics Enforcement Task Force made multiple court-authorized wiretaps and a number of controlled purchases of the illegal substance. The wiretaps eventually led the DEA and state agents to a particular group that they believe were running an organization of suppliers in Sacramento and a group of distributors in Yuba City.
When challenging a federal drug offense charge defense attorneys are careful to look at the actions of the agents involved prior to the arrest. With a court-authorized wiretap it is imperative that state and federal law enforcement follow proper procedure in obtaining permission to tap the individuals correspondence. If it can be shown that agents did not obtain proper permission, all the evidence the follows is inadmissible.
Source: Sacramento Bee, “Six area residents indicted in federal drug trafficking case,” Cathy Locke, Oct. 31, 2013