A raid in Sacramento conducted by the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration netted five individuals who authorities claim were trafficking narcotics. The arrests came after authorities received a tip that drugs were being sold out of a transmission business. After obtaining warrants, authorities raided the premises, arrested the five accused individuals, and allegedly seized two pounds of methamphetamine as well as marijuana and cocaine. The men accused in the case now face charges related to cocaine distribution, methamphetamine distribution, and conspiracy.
California and the U.S. government are constantly seeking to crack down on drug trafficking. This often means that they are quick to pull the trigger when it comes to enacting an investigation, seeking and serving warrants, and making arrests. While their goals are admirable, their thirst for justice often leads illegal actions, false allegations, and wrongful arrests.
Those who are on the receiving end of federal drug crime charges may feel hopeless. Yet, doing nothing may increase the likelihood that an individual will be convicted of the crime for which he or she is charged, which could result in decades behind bars and thousands of dollars in fines. Putting forth a competent criminal defense, on the other hand, may allow an individual to avoid the harshest punishments, or avoid punishment all together.
In California, an experienced federal drug trafficking attorney can help craft a legal defense that has merit. Oftentimes this means challenging the warrant that led to the accused individual's arrest and the seizure of evidence to be used against him or her. If a search warrant was illegally obtained or illegally acted upon, then evidence might be suppressed, meaning it cannot be used against the accused in a court of law. A criminal defense attorney might also draw certain aspects of the alleged offense into question, which could result in an acquittal or reduced charges.
In such a high-stakes game, a criminal defendant cannot afford putting forth something that his not his or her best hand. An attorney just might be the card an accused individual needs to win and go on with his or her life.
Source: KXTV ABC 10, "5 arrested in Northern Calif. drug bust," Paul Janes, May 23, 2014