When local citizens hear about a huge drug trafficking ring bust taking place in their area, they may be shocked and automatically think that the people charged are in the wrong and deserve to be punished. However, the individuals who are accused of drug trafficking remain innocent unless and until proven guilty in Pennsylvania. It is up to the government to solidify why a charge is legitimate in this type of situation.
Six men have been arrested in connection with a drug trafficking operation that has been called "Breaking Bad," which involved cocaine and methamphetamine. Police had first conducted an investigation on one of the men. At this time, he had allegedly offered to sell authorities a pound of crystal methamphetamine and ended up selling several grams of it even though the officer was actually requesting cocaine.
Police reportedly discovered that the men were attempting to open a market for methamphetamine in the area. At one point during the investigation, police discovered more meth, seven cell phones and a loaded handgun. All six men face many charges, including weapons charges, drug charges and charges on conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
These drug charges must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Because the operation was a drug trafficking operation, which is a more serious crime than drug possessions and thus is a felony, police must have engaged in lawful search and seizure prior to arresting the men. The men who face many drug-related charges in this case in Pennsylvania indeed have the right to legal protections afforded to any other person charged with a crime.