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Sizable drug bust leads to federal drug charges for 14

Heroin use has become a serious concern in Pennsylvania as well as in many other areas across the nation. Law enforcement agencies, the courts and social services workers all take a very aggressive stance against drug sales and use, and for good reason. This effort to slow the flood of drugs into Pennsylvania streets is laudable, but it should also be noted that when law enforcement makes sweeping efforts to find and arrest drug-related suspect, mistakes can easily be made, and not all of the federal drug charges will lead to conviction.

In a recent drug raid spanning at least two cities, 14 people were charged with drug-related crimes. The arrests took place at the culmination of an investigation into a suspected heroin trafficking ring based in Philadelphia. According to investigators, the drug ring was distributing more than $50,000 worth of heroin per week.

With search warrants in hand, law enforcement agents raided multiple locations in Philadelphia and Rochester. Thirteen people were arrested, and a warrant is out on one other person. Twelve of those remain jailed, and they are being held without the chance of bond. The charges against them include distribution of controlled substances, possession with the intent to distribute, money laundering, conspiracy, use of a firearm in drug trafficking and multiple other charges.

Multiple agencies worked together to conduct this Pennsylvania investigation and arrest these individuals. In cases where the authorities engage in a major drug crime sweep, it is not uncommon for mistakes to be made. In this case, each of the 14 individuals accused of participating in this large-scale heroin trafficking operation will have the opportunity to present their defense against the federal drug charges in a court of law.

Source: democratandchronicle.com, "Feds: 14 charged in Philadelphia-Rochester drug ring", Will Cleveland, March 31, 2016

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