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Several people facing federal drug crime charges in California

Near the end of October, several people were charged in connection with a drug trafficking operation that is believed to span several states, including here in California. All of these individuals are currently facing federal drug crime charges for their alleged involvement. As this is a federal case, the penalties associated with a conviction of these charges can be quite severe.

According to a recent news report, 14 people were charged in federal court for their supposed involvement in a national drug trafficking ring that has supposedly been linked to the Sinaloa cartel. In total, 11 of those individuals have been arrested and are being held by authorities, while three have yet to be located by law enforcement officials. While these arrests occurred all across the country, the charges against these individuals were filed in a San Diego based federal court.

During the course of their investigation, authorities claim to have confiscated approximately 15 pounds of methamphetamines, 1 kilogram of fentanyl and about 4 kilograms of cocaine. At this time, it is unclear why these specific individuals were arrested. The supposed roles each allegedly played in this drug operation have not been made public.

California residents who are facing drug crime charges, whether on a state or federal level, may have a difficult legal fight ahead of them. As drug charges are not taken lightly, having effective representation can prove to be a valuable commodity. In this particular case, as the consequences for federal drug charges are often more severe than those charged in a state criminal court, each of these individuals would likely benefit from a strategically planned criminal defense offered on their behalf by a legal representative who has extensive experience concerning federal court proceedings.

Source: Times of San Diego, "Sinaloa Cartel Figures Based in California Sold Drugs, Feds Charge", Debbie L. Sklar, Oct. 29, 2014

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