Simply put, an arrest on drug charges is always serious. A simple possession charge can bring prison time and fines. But, if you should ever be arrested for drug trafficking, you will face the possibility of long-term incarceration and very heavy financial penalties.
Sometimes the police will spend a great deal of time gathering information on suspects prior to making an arrest. This process can lead to multiple arrests and the seizure of large amounts of controlled substances and other contraband.
Such an operation was recently carried out in the area of Zion City. Police conducted a monthlong investigation, which culminated in the arrest of 11 Baton Rouge residents. Seized in the arrest were cash, drugs and weapons.
A spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police stated that among the narcotics seized were methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, hydrocodone, oxycodone and mushrooms. Additionally, there was a cache of weapons that included a grenade launcher as well as cash totaling $140,000.
Among those suspects arrested, at least four have been accused of working together to run a drug operation.
When such a large number of people are rounded up as part of a drug bust, there can be a lot to sort out. First, it must be determined that the police conducted the search and seizure in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws. Secondly, there should be clarification regarding the evidence that was used as a basis for the arrest of each individual.
If you are ever arrested in connection to drug trafficking activity, immediately contacting an attorney is the first step in preparing your defense. You may have a number of options to choose from depending on your previous record and your interest in entering a plea agreement. The attorney could aid you in making your decisions.
Source: The Advocate, “Baton Rouge drug bust results in 11 arrests; weapons, cash, narcotics seized,” Dec. 13, 2014