In Florida and other states, sometimes groups of people are arrested and charged for their participation in suspected organized illegal drug activities. In a recent case, one of the co-defendants is accused of federal drug trafficking in Florida. One of his alleged partners pleaded guilty on Tuesday of serious charges, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
Authorities claim that the two men were part of a larger drug ring and that several of the men involved in the organized ring reportedly caused the deaths of two people in 2015. One co-defendant (who was not included in allegations regarding the deaths) is said to have moved drugs from China and Canada to Florida, Oregon and North Dakota. He allegedly ran the illicit dealings from jail in Canada. Several others have also been charged with related offenses in this case.
Those prosecuting the case have accused several of the men of using a virtual currency system to hide their suspected drug operations. The 21-year-old who recently pleaded guilty has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Three other co-defendants who were previously sentenced are slated to serve much less time. Furthermore, several of those convicted have been ordered to pay restitution to the families of the two individuals who overdosed and died from using the drugs.
Many times, experienced legal representation is the key to a successful defense. Anyone facing federal drug trafficking charges in Florida who has questions about the legal process or would like to discuss the situation with someone who has a clear understanding of the law can contact an attorney in the area to arrange a consultation. As a personal legal advocate, that attorney can act on one's behalf during all interactions with law enforcement agents and court officials.
Source: wsbtv.com, "Grand Forks man sentenced to 12 years in synthetic drug case", Jan. 26, 2016