Several individuals have recently been detained by authorities following a massive drug sweep in California. The 20-month drug crime investigation focused primarily on gang-related incidents. Numerous agencies, 13 in all, reportedly took part in this operation. It was said that about 100 officers from federal, state and local agencies pulled together to collect those allegedly involved in the suspected drug crimes.
According to a recent report, over a dozen people were taken into police custody on Sept. 24, in connection with various drug crimes. The accused individuals' ages range from the early 20s to early 50s. Of the 17 facing charges as a result of this investigation, several were actually already being held by authorities for unrelated crimes.
The charges against each of the accused are considered quite severe. Charges for each individual were not specified, but the overall charges included possession, conspiracy to distribute, transportation of illegal substances and selling of drugs. The initial arraignment hearings have already taken place. It is unknown whether any further court dates have been put on record for any of the accused.
Being charged with a drug crime can, ultimately, have serious effects on one's life. The potential consequences can be quite severe, often including jail or prison time and significant fines. Fighting drug crime charges in California, or anywhere for that matter, is not simple. There are, however, various defensive strategies that may prove beneficial to one's case. With the help of legal counsel, each of the individuals arrested as part of this latest drug sweep can mount defenses against the charges they face.
Source: timesofsandiego.com, "17 Arrested in Multi-Agency South Bay Gang Drug Sweep", Alexander Nguyen, Sept. 24, 2015