Individuals in the East Bay can face the potential of serious consequences when they are accused of drug crimes. Without properly and aggressively defending themselves, these individuals may wind up facing years or even decades behind bars, financially ruinous fines, and irreparable damage to their reputation. This is why those who have been accused of these offenses need to take action to protect themselves and their future.
Six men are in this position now after they were taken into custody on drug trafficking and other charges. The charges, which were unsealed in January, come as part of a federal investigation. While the specific charges for each individual vary, overall the charges are related to conspiracy to sell cocaine, as well as gun possession and gun sales.
According to reports, a federal informant was involved in collecting alleged evidence by participating in gun sales and surveillance that purportedly led to allegations of drug dealing, too. According to prosecutors, three pounds of cocaine and a pound of crack cocaine were found. The surveillance was apparently conducted via stake-outs and phone tapping. The court reports are heavily redacted at this point, but these were some of the details released.
These charges move beyond accusations of intent to sell and actually claim to have caught the accused in the act of drug trafficking. Because of the large amounts of cocaine alleged to have been in the accused individuals' possession, the potential penalties can be severe, which is why it is critically important that these individuals and others who are similarly situated seek a competent criminal defense attorney's assistance.