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Meth bust leaves 15 people facing charges

Methamphetamine has become a serious problem in our country, as most of our Roseville readers probably know. Serious drug abuse usually follows any kind of meth use, no matter how small the dose. That is because meth is one of the most addictive drugs in existence, and as a result law enforcement agencies throughout the country have made stopping those involved in the methamphetamine trade a top priority.

In fact, according to one report, several agencies in three different states recently teamed up to bust up what reports labeled as a methamphetamine distribution ring. Arrests occurred in California, Mississippi and Indiana after a reported 18-month investigation. A total of 15 people were charged with a variety of drug-related crimes. One California resident, a 36-year-old man from Long Beach, will be facing distribution charges.

Drug charges like drug possession or manufacturing are difficult to deal with in court, but being arrested as part of a three-state conspiracy can make planning a criminal defense very tough indeed. In this case, the prosecution strategy will likely center on trying to get one of the defendants to give up details on the acts of the others who are allegedly involved, most likely in exchange for leniency.

Although many people who are arrested along with a co-defendant might think that solidarity with the fellow arrestee might see them through, the fact of the matter is that it is often better for each co-defendant to plan their own defense and try to get the cases separated. Drug cases merit serious attention from the prosecution, so a defendant should be just as serious about looking after their own interests and planning their own criminal defense strategy.

Source: courierpress.com, "Coordinated arrests in three states net 15 on methamphetamine charges," Nate Smith, Sept. 4, 2013

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