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Drug trafficking charges against California motorcyclists

Members of a motorcycle gang have been indicted on charges related to the possession and distribution of methamphetamine. The Department of Justice has identified the organization as an outlaw gang in a news release. A Rio Linda man and two Sacramento men have been charged with conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and actual distribution of methamphetamine. Three additional Sacramento men were charged with distribution of the substance.

Three of the men facing drug charges have been detained, but two of the men are at large and are considered to be fugitives. Reports indicate that an investigation focused on three chapters of the motorcycle gang in the Sacramento area. The organization, which includes approximately 600 members, originated in the 1960s and has spread throughout Mexico and to numerous states in the U.S. While the group is very organized, authorities indicate that chapters in the Sacramento vicinity are participating in illegal actions such as handling of stolen property, purchase of illegal arms, and drug distribution. The investigation is reportedly still in progress.

While a motorcycle gang may have a reputation for illegal activities, participation in a motorcycle gang should not automatically imply illegal behavior. A lawyer representing an individual charged in an investigation such as this may work to direct attention away from the gang involvement, focusing instead on positive background issues.

Each defense depends on the unique aspects of the case and the history of a particular defendant. A lawyer may use a different approach when dealing with a defendant with an extensive history of illegal activity than when defending a client who has no prior record. A lawyer may also evaluate the steps taken by authorities in identifying and charging a client to ensure that the actions have not infringed upon that individual's rights.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Sacramento-area members of motorcycle gang charged with drug trafficking", Cathy Locke, August 08, 2014

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