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Federal drug trafficking and conspiracy charges pursued

An alleged conspiracy to distribute drugs has resulted in the arrest of a number of individuals - including some from Colorado. Presumably since the drugs traveled across state or even national borders, at least 15 of these individuals are facing federal indictments for drug trafficking and conspiracy.

Police reported that one individual was found with 165 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his vehicle. This same individual, a Mexican National living legally in the United States, was also arrested for supposed possession of cocaine with the intent to sell it. This person was charged with organizing pick-ups of and payments for large quantities of drugs.

It's possible that everyone tied to the so-called conspiracy could be facing years of imprisonment. And when federal officials involve themselves in these types of arrests, the penalties that suspects face can be even more severe. Penalties may include deportation.

Individuals arrested will likely require the services of the best criminal defense attorneys available. There is a chance that such an attorney will not be able to prevent a criminal conviction, but legal counsel may at least ensure that the suspects are provided with a fair trial and are treated in a just manner when it comes to the handing out of sentences.

Federal drug arrests will almost always contain a certain amount of controversy. Defining what a conspiracy is can be complicated, and prosecutors will often try to have evidence admitted that may be irrelevant or not credible. Whatever we think of the kinds of crimes that the suspects are accused, they are entitled to dispute evidence at trial and have their story told.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, "Two Santa Fe men face federal drug charges," by Chris Quintana, Sep. 27, 2012

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