The state of California is known for being tough on those charged with drug crimes. This is true for charges involving simple possession but even more so when the charges include weightier crimes likes trafficking or smuggling. As the following case shows, the possible penalties can be very severe when the federal government gets involved.
A California physician intends to plead guilty to serious federal charges after he reportedly illegally distributed powerful prescription narcotics. The 78-year-old Los Angeles-area man is accused of federal drug trafficking charges in connection with the practices. The man has admitted that he illegally prescribed drugs such as Xanax and hydrocodone, both powerful, controlled medications.
Eleven people were arrested after California authorities reportedly brought down alleged key players in a Tulare County drug ring. In addition to the 11 arrests, officers announced on April 14 that they had seized nearly 1,000 marijuana plants, 56 pounds of methamphetamine, four kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Defendants are facing allegations of drug possession and transportation. Some defendants are also accused of weapons violations.
People who live with or get in a car with other people do not always know what kind of substances that person might have in his or her possession. In fact, lack of knowledge can be a serious issue for those people, especially when drug agents begin making arrests in large raids. Law enforcement officers are bound to protect individuals who are innocent of drug charges, even though they may have been associating with those accused of drug possession.