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Multi-agency investigation leads to drug charges for 8 in Florida

According to authorities, several people in St. Lucie County were accused of drug crimes following an 11-month investigation executed by federal and local agencies. Police recently booked eight people into jail on suspicion of drug-related activity, including a 33-year-old man who faces charges of trafficking in oxycodone, hydromorphone and heroin.

Authorities said that police have been reticent regarding the details of the drug sting, but many of the individuals detained by police are suspected of being involved with opium-related narcotics according to arrest affidavits. Several agencies cooperated with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office on the investigation, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reportedly. Police took the 33-year-old man into custody on June 4.

Drug trafficking charges are serious and may carry severe penalties upon conviction. These penalties may include but are not limited to fines and incarceration. Because the stakes are high for people facing trafficking charges, it is crucial for them to contest the charges in an earnest, aggressive manner.

The first step is to retain the counsel and resources of a criminal defense attorney. The attorney may review in detail the entirety of the case and establish several points on which to base the defense.

For example, police seeking to collect evidence must abide by a strict set of procedures when conducting searches and seizures, and if their actions are not consistent with their department's policies or, worse, violate the constitutional rights of the accused individual, the defense attorney may cite that as grounds to have the drug charges dismissed. Moreover, the attorney may scrutinize the police reports and evidence for inaccuracies, contradictions and contamination. For, if the police's work proves to be assailable, the defense attorney may argue for the charges to be reduced or dismissed altogether.

Source: WPTV, "8 jailed on drug charges in St. Lucie County after 11-month investigation", June 08, 2014

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