The sun hadn't even finished rising on a recent Wednesday morning when law enforcement agents raided a home in Florida. Authorities say their actions were part of a predawn crackdown on crime. A substantial number of arrests were made in the federal drug trafficking bust.
Apparently, the operation was part of a two year long investigation. When all was said and done, at least 25 people were arrested. Reportedly, those taken into custody have lengthy criminal records with as many as 400 past arrests between them. Officers say the searches they conducted in the case resulted in the seizure of multiple kilos of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and flakka. The investigation allegedly targeted known gang members who sold more than 280 firearms to undercover agents.
It is alleged that all the accused individuals have ties to several organized crime rings in the Pompano Beach area. Officials also say there are at least four suspects still at large. Those in custody are slated to make their first appearances in federal court in the near future.
Being charged with federal drug trafficking crimes is obviously a very serious matter. Prosecutors often use highly aggressive tactics in their attempts to obtain convictions in high-profile drug-related cases. To combat those strategies, a defendant may enlist the help of a skilled criminal lawyer who has gone to bat for others in similar situations. An experienced criminal defense attorney can offer guidance and effective representation to any person in Florida whose freedom is at risk due to serious drug charges.
Source: Miami Herald, "Feds bust two dozen on gun and drug offenses", Jay Weaver, Nov. 9, 2016