Man accused of drug trafficking may face life in prison

A narcotics detective for a city police department is currently facing criminal charges in California. According to police, he committed drug trafficking and other crimes in the state. He is 43 years old.

Police said the man provided a drug dealer with information about law enforcement activities and practices in exchange for bribes. The man also allegedly disclosed to the drug dealer the identities and names of police informants. Police said he further tipped the drug dealer off regarding police investigations and tried to provide this individual with protection from search and seizure, arrested and prosecution.

According to authorities, the Bakersfield man also retained seized drugs on many occasions for his own illegal gain. He additionally is said to have disclosed the contents of one wiretap investigation and filed false tax returns. The man pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and was recently released on a bond of $200,000. He may spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted.

Those facing charges of drug trafficking and other crimes in California have the right to contest the formal accusations at trial. In court, the government must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt; this standard is in place to protect defendants from being convicted and punished for crimes they did not commit. An accused person may choose to forgo a trial in favor of a plea deal, if given the opportunity. A plea agreement may offer the benefit of a lighter sentence than what would be imposed if the defendant were to be found guilty at trial, though the defendant retains the right to choose the option that best fits his or her individual circumstances.

Source: jurist.org, "California narcotics detective arrested on bribery and drug charges", Dominic Yobbi, Nov. 22, 2015

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