As has been shown through research and many documentaries, the "War on Drugs" doesn't really work. It's a never-ending campaign that makes politicians look tough in the face of those who are distributing drugs. But in reality, this is all just a facade. People still deal drugs and use drugs, and there is no evidence suggesting that extensive prison terms discourage people from partaking in the drug trade -- nor is their evidence that the extensive jail sentences prevent recidivism.
And yet another day has passed, and federal authorities have made another sweeping raid to collect a bunch of arrests and make it appear as though they are "fighting the good fight." Though it didn't happen here in Sacramento, it doesn't really matter where these raids happen. All the people involved face serious consequences when federal drug trafficking charges are on the table.
20 people were arrested in the Austin area for drug possession and intent to distribute. There were also conspiracy charges for all of the people alleged to have committed these crimes, and given the federal nature of these crimes, all 20 people accused of the crimes face 10 years to life in prison.
In many cases, federal authorities and prosecutors throw as many charges as possible at suspects to see what sticks and what doesn't. Even just getting one charge to land could mean a lifetime in prison. This tactic does nothing more than "pad stats" for authorities, as opposed to actually addressing the problem and making a real case out of these charges. People who are accused of federal drug trafficking crimes need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Source: FOX 7, "Federal and state authorities arrest 20 in drug bust," Elizabeth Saab, June 28, 2016