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Couple facing charges over alleged meth and firearms transactions

Our Roseville readers may have heard about a case out of Yolo County that is getting quite a bit of news coverage these days. The controversy surrounds a husband and wife team who were allegedly up to all kinds of illegal activity.

According to the reports, the husband, a 44-year-old man, is allegedly a member of the Hells Angels. The wife, a 35-year-old woman, was employed as a dispatcher with the California Highway Patrol. The problem? Law enforcement officials say the couple worked together to sell drugs and weapons. They were arrested on December 11.

The husband, in particular, is facing several weapon and drug charges. He is alleged to have been involved in distributing methamphetamine across state lines, as well as making transactions involving assault weapons. He is being held without bail. The wife is accused of using her position with the CHP to help keep her husband off of law enforcement radar. She is facing criminal charges related to that alleged activity, as well as bribery charges.

The news media love to sensationalize a story like this, particularly when it is said to involve a "good guy gone bad," like the CHP dispatcher. The media, however, doesn't have to be concerned with how their coverage may affect the legal proceedings in this case. If this case proceeds to a jury trial for either the husband or wife, sensationalized news coverage could play a role in the defense's ability to get impartial jurors. Beyond that, prosecutors may feel more pressure to get a conviction in this type of high-profile case, which could affect their judgment. This case is just getting started, but it already feels like the husband and wife are at a severe disadvantage.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Husband and wife sold illegal drugs, firearms in Yolo County, prosecutors say," Darrell Smith, Jan. 1, 2014

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