As a society, we have a certain image in our collective consciousness of what a criminal suspect should look like. Despite these beliefs, people from every race, gender and social and wealth class find themselves facing state and federal drug charges. That is certainly the case in California, as it is in all U.S. states.
No one wants to be the target of an investigation into suspected federal crimes, but that is exactly what is happening to employees of a California based wealth management company. Federal authorities raided the company's offices and its founder's home for allegedly fleecing its investors and lenders. The company allegedly perpetrated a Ponzi scheme that included a property-flipping scheme. The company's founder denies all allegations of wrongdoing.
Federal law enforcement officials recently arrested numerous people on suspicion of drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Four Californians were charged by federal officials with the money laundering charges and only three of them were charged with conspiring to distribute PCP and methamphetamine. The California residents were arraigned in the Sacramento federal court and they pled not guilty to all of the charges.
Prosecutors are not allowed to use evidence in a criminal trial if the evidence was collected illegally, in violation of our Constitutional rights. The Fourth Amendment guarantees us the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure by the government. This week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition on unreasonable searches included the use of a GPS tracking system that the police had attached to a suspect's car.
A 63-year-old man appeared in a California court to try to prevent county authorities from removing the marijuana garden he maintains. The man has since been arrested on federal charges of drug trafficking. The allegations were said to be the culmination of a four-month-long investigation.