Fifteen people were recently charged with drug crimes in California. Those indicted on felony drug charges were reportedly part of a massive drug trafficking ring run by a family. They were arrested on a Friday as part of raids in multiple cities in the state.
Police said the arrests of the individuals, linked by marriage and blood, followed an investigation that lasted two years. As part of the investigation, police paid informants to work for them, or informants cooperated with the police in exchange for a chance to receive reduced sentences or to have unrelated criminal charges that had been filed against them dismissed. Associates of the alleged drug-trafficking family that was investigated are said to have bought heroin and meth valued at thousands of dollars to drug users in California.
Police said the key players in the drug ring are two brothers, ages 28 and 41. Authorities believe that the arrests of these two men and many other members of their family may disrupt the heroin trade in the local area. Heroin use there has been on the rise, partly because people have gotten hooked on prescription narcotics.
Those facing drug charges in California are entitled to demand a speedy trial to vigorously fight the accusations. An accused person may be given the chance to strike a plea deal with prosecutors which -- if acceptable -- could lead to reduced charges and/or a more lenient sentence than would be imposed following a conviction after trial. The criminal defense team will push for an outcome that is in the client's best interests while also making sure that his or her rights are protected at all stages of the proceedings.
Source: pressdemocrat.com, "Suspects in major Sonoma County heroin ring appear in court", Julie Johnson And Kevin Mccallum, Dec. 11, 2015