As discussed in last week's post, the federal government aggressively seeks out those they believe have been trafficking narcotics. The DEA conducts intense and thorough investigations, which often lead to the seizure of drugs and the arrest of individuals. Federal drug trafficking charges are quite serious, and failing to adequately defend against them could cause you to face significant penalties that might be difficult to recover from.
Two Fresno men were recently taken into custody for alleged federal drug crimes. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the two men conspired to sell methamphetamine to confidential sources at a price of $1,000 per pound. Authorities allege a purchase was arranged and, when the accused individuals arrived with five pounds of methamphetamine, they were arrested. The men now face federal charges for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute.
Many Californians are aware of synthetic drugs known as "spice" or "bath salts." These drugs often include illegal chemicals which some claim are excessively dangerous, even deadly. For this reason, authorities aggressively pursue individuals who manufacture and distribute synthetic drugs. Those who find themselves butting heads with the police and federal agents may find themselves facing serious drug trafficking crimes, which can completely change an individual's life for the worse.
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.
With more and more states from California to Michigan legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes federal authorities are keeping a close watch for illegal trafficking operations. While the decreased stigma in some areas may give people a sense that marijuana is no longer aggressively prosecuted, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, federal drug trafficking crimes as well as other state and federal drug offenses that involve marijuana, can still land a person behind bars for a very long time.
While there may be subtle shifts taking place in public perception concerning the war on drugs, authorities continue to aggressively target people for state and federal drug crimes. And, in California, while the scope of state and federal drug offenses is broad, federal authorities are putting a lot of resources into federal drug trafficking operations. California residents may have heard about a recent drug bust that caught quite a bit of media attention.
With its proximity to the Mexican border, San Diego has long been a hot spot for smugglers attempting to move drugs from Central and South America into the United States. According to the California Attorney General, drug trafficking in the region is bigger than ever, and she intends to do something about it. California residents may find interesting her conclusions about drug trafficking and a spike in methamphetamine smuggling.
With close proximity to Central and South America, drug trafficking is big business in California. Because of this, federal and state authorities monitor the area closely for illegal activity. While many of us think about the boarder guards and fences strewn across the United States and Mexican boarder, some major policing actually takes place at sea. California readers may find the following blog on drug trafficking interesting.
A federal grand jury recently returned drug distribution indictments for a couple and the couple's adult son. The investigation into the couple allegedly revealed that marijuana was grown in California and then transported to another state where it was sold. Each of the three was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and with one count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Drug trafficking is a serious criminal offense with serious, long-term consequences. Both states and the federal government have laws targeting serious drug offenses, such as trafficking. Due to the nature of drug trafficking, which often includes multiple jurisdictions and cross-boarder activity, individuals accused of trafficking illegal substances will likely face federal drug trafficking charges, instead of state charges.