Police in California as well as federal officers are often anxious to show progress in the war on drugs. While they work hard to make arrests, it is important to realize that those arrested, regardless of the accusations against them, are considered not guilty until proved otherwise. Three brothers are now likely considering their legal defense following their arrest and the drug charges that followed.
The arrest involved three brothers, ranging in age from 18 to 27. Authorities claim that the three men were manufacturing synthetic cannabinoids in a warehouse. They also believe that the men were running a website to sell the drugs that were then shipped nationwide via the U.S. Postal Service.
Following an investigation conducted by multiple federal and state agencies, searches of the warehouse and the suspects' homes were conducted. Officials claim they recovered $300,000 in cash from one home in addition to approximately $950,000 from a bank account. They are accused of the manufacture and distribution of drugs, maintaining a drug-involved premises and conspiracy. It is unclear what initiated the investigation into the brothers' alleged activities.
If convicted of the charges, the men could spend decades in prison as well as face significant fines. Because many people facing drug charges in California are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system, they are often left overwhelmed by the decisions they must make. Fortunately, an experienced defense attorney can help defendants understand their options and make informed decisions about their case in addition to ensuring that they receive fair treatment throughout the criminal justice process.
Source: imperialvalleynews.com, "Bakersfield brothers charged in bust of synthetic drug lab", July 30, 2016