In mid-November, Florida authorities arrested six people for allegedly taking part in a drug ring that shipped hundreds of pounds of marijuana from California to Jacksonville. The arrests brought an end to “Operation Going Back to Cali,” a four-month-long investigation by the police.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, one of the defendants, a 33-year-old man, routinely traveled to California to obtain marijuana and ship it back to Florida. He allegedly shipped a total of nearly 500 pounds of marijuana between the two states. Detectives were tipped off about the scheme by police in Marin County, California. On November 12, four search warrants were issued to search the 33-year-old’s apartment on East Bay Street, an apartment on Gate Parkway, an apartment on Kendall Town Drive and a delivery location on Alfa Romeo Drive. Apparently, detectives observed the defendants meeting and unloading packages at these locations.

The 33-year-old defendant was on probation for distributing marijuana at the time of his latest arrest. The other defendants taken into custody included another 33-year-old man, a 36-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and two 24-year-old women. They are all facing drug possession and/or drug trafficking charges.

Individuals who are convicted of drug trafficking or other drug crimes could face years in prison and heavy fines. They could also carry the burden of a permanent criminal record, which can drastically limit employment opportunities. However, every defendant has the right to hire a criminal defense attorney and mount a vigorous defense against the charges. Under some circumstances, legal counsel may recommend going to trial to fight the allegations. In other situations, an attorney may push for a plea deal that allows the defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges, which could lead to a lighter sentence.

Source: Jacksonville, “500 pounds of marijuana seized as 6 arrested in California-to-Jacksonville marijuana scheme,” Dan Scanlan, November 20, 2018

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