The State of Florida is hard on drug crimes, as they seek to not only reduce these offenses but also prevent the movement of drugs in and out of the state. Thus, the penalties associated with drug trafficking are severe. In many cases, drug trafficking matters involve many parties and can be complex matters. Therefore, those accused of such charges should carefully assess the allegations they face, as this could aid them in his or her defense.
Drug trafficking charges
Based on recent reports, 13 individuals were arrested in Sarasota County for more than 50 crimes related to drug trafficking fentanyl and other drugs. Preliminary investigation revealed that an undercover operation began in September of last year, and since its initiation, several undercover buys have resulted in several individuals selling narcotics to special investigation detectives. These undercover buys involved fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription pills.
Last month, investigators conducted a warrant sweep, and with the assistance from a tactical unit and neighboring law enforcement agencies, the 13 individuals were arrested for drug trafficking charges.
In addition to facing drug trafficking charges, some individuals faced other charges. This included selling methamphetamine, fentanyl, buprenorphine and marijuana and unlawfully using a two-way communication device. Authorities noted that investigation is still ongoing, and additional charges are expected. These charges carry with them serious penalties, resulting in prison terms and hefty fines. Thus, it is imperative to explore criminal defense options.
Those facing such allegations of a drug crime should fully understand the matter, assessing what defense options might be available to them. Taking a timely and aggressive approach could help one uncover holes in the prosecution’s case. In turn, this could help the accused reduce and even dismiss some or all of the charges faced.