A sheriff's deputy in California was recently charged with a serious drug crime. He faces charges of engaging in drug trafficking on a large scale. In addition, it is also alleged that he boasted about hiring other police officers to protect dealers, and he also assaulted other individuals for the sake of his clients.
FBI agents took the sheriff's deputy and three other individuals into custody on a Tuesday morning during a sting operation. The arrests occurred when the four men got to a site where they were supposedly under the impression that they would be doing a drug deal. Officials said they had been investigating the 50-year-old deputy for several months prior to his arrest.
Agents had allegedly recorded him talking about the large network he used for drug trafficking as well as his prior criminal conduct. He had also reportedly discussed how willing he was to utilize his status in law enforcement to protect those trafficking large amounts of drugs. In fact, the man in 2017 allegedly offered to make security available to an agent pretending to be someone interested in financing an illegal grow house for marijuana.
The man facing a drug trafficking charge in California certainly has the right to proceed to trial to fight the charge. The prosecution must prove his charges beyond a reasonable doubt before any conviction can take place. As an alternative, the man may seek to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, if one is available. The benefit of such a deal is that it may result in a more lenient sentence than what he would receive if found guilty at trial. In either situation, an attorney will push for the most personally favorable outcome for the client given the circumstances surrounding his drug trafficking case.
Source: latimes.com, "L.A. County sheriff's deputy is charged with selling drugs and offering to hire other cops to protect dealers", Joel Rubin and Maya Lau, Jan. 16, 2018