A man has been charged with conspiracy to sell illegal substances. The individual, a manager at a California company, pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine as well as possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. The drug charges are part of an ongoing incident with local city and county police officers also charged in relationship to these crimes.
The Bakersfield man has been accused of accepting drugs stolen from evidence lockers and processing it for sale, allegedly with the aid of police officers. At least four law enforcement officers have been implicated in the crimes. In another incident, it is alleged that the man transported meth to his office building. Allegedly, after the drugs were dropped off at the building, a co-conspirator would access the building with a key card, remove the drugs, and an envelope filled with cash would be placed in a locked mailbox.
The individual appeared in court in September and pleaded not guilty to the crimes. He was placed on home-monitoring after the hearing. Court records reveal a man with the same name as having a criminal history extending back several years.
The man will face a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million fine if he is convicted of the drug charges in the courts. In California, a person facing such serious allegations will likely want help defending against the charges. A criminal defense attorney could be a good choice for help in building a criminal defense.
Source: bakersfield.com, "Bakersfield man accused of conspiring with former BPD officers to sell drugs", Harold Pierce, Accessed on Oct. 11, 2017