At least 20 people are facing federal drug charges in three separate indictments this week. About 15 of those people arrested are from Mississippi. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the indictments are allegedly the result of an extensive Organized Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. This network was reportedly involved in the distribution of over 100 kilograms of methamphetamine between Mississippi and California.
Drugs Manufactured in California
The drugs are suspected to have been manufactured in a super-lab somewhere in California. Officials also suspect that the drugs were trafficked in private vehicles and through the U.S. Postal Service. Of the 20 charged, 16 were arrested in central Mississippi and California. Firearms and ammunition were also seized during arrests. If convicted, many of the suspects could be facing 20 years to life in prison.
Federal Drug Charges
Federal drug charges involving crack cocaine and crystal meth often hold the strictest penalties for defendants. With mandatory minimum laws, even first-time offenders can serve lengthy sentences in federal prisons. Effectively removing a judge’s discretion in sentencing, mandatory minimums can even send non-violent offenders to prison for 10 years, 20 years or longer.
The Complexity of a Federal Case
Criminal defense cases, especially where drugs are involved, are much more complicated than criminal cases in state courts. Procedural differences and the higher level of punishment involved make federal drug cases more difficult for criminal defense lawyers. This is why it’s so important to have an experienced lawyer fighting for your rights.
When to Contact a Lawyer
The experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC has successfully represented defendants in drug cases in Mississippi State and Federal courts. If you’ve been arrested and indicted on federal drug charges, you should contact a criminal defense attorney with successful drug case experience as soon as possible.
With mandatory minimum laws, you can’t afford to have somebody on your side that isn’t completely dedicated to your freedom. We’re not here to judge you. We’re here to be your advocate in the complex criminal justice system. Our ultimate goal is to get any and all charges against you dismissed. The dedication of Coxwell & Associates paid off in two (2) federal drug cases. In both instances in Jackson the accused people were found not guilty. Unfortunately for clients, this does not happen every time, but an experienced group of attorneys like those at Coxwell & Associates helps provide the accused a “leg up.” Call Coxwell & Associates if you have a criminal problem, big or small or if you have been seriously injured in a accident.
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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.