When Californians hear about major drug busts, they may think of hard drugs like cocaine or heroin. While there are still plenty of arrests involving these drugs, law enforcement has expanded its focus to include lesser drugs, such as synthetic marijuana. Yet, the potential for penalties and long-term consequences are just as real. Therefore, those accused of criminal wrongdoing involving synthetic drugs may want to consider putting forth the best criminal defense they can.
Hundreds of individuals, including several in California, may need to do so after being taken into custody on allegations of making and selling synthetic drugs. In Bakersfield and Los Angeles, federal agents allegedly seized drugs in excess of 200 pounds, along with $500,000 in cash. The crackdown, which spanned 20 states and is claimed to have taken 15 months to plan, is evidence that law enforcement agencies are taking synthetic drugs such as Spice, bath salts and Molly very seriously.
Merely being accused of a federal drug crime can damage one’s reputation. But when an individual is officially charged with a federal offense, then they could be facing the potential of serious, life-altering penalties. If convicted, those accused of drug crimes, even those related to synthetic drugs, can face years, perhaps even decades, behind bars. Additionally, fines may be imposed that can financially ruin an individual, even if they are able to serve their prison sentence successfully.
In other words, when facing federal drug charges, there is a lot at stake. With recent crackdowns, prosecutors will likely be aggressive in pressing charges. This means that those who are accused need to be just as aggressive in defending themselves. Securing the assistance of a competent and qualified attorney is oftentimes the first step in doing so.
Source: WFLA, “Federal agents arrest hundreds in synthetic drug crackdown,” Oct. 15, 2015