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Federal drug charges included in indictment against 17 people

Federal authorities in a state neighboring Pennsylvania say a recent indictment involved the largest drug bust ever in that region. Seventeen people were arrested and now face federal drug charges. Investigators say the disbanded drug trafficking ring moved narcotics valued in the millions of dollars.

A federal grand jury included 30 separate counts in the recent indictment. Allegedly, thousands of kilos of drugs were trafficked to various areas throughout the United States. A federal investigation known as "Operation Lockjaw" reportedly brought down the suspected international drug ring.

It is believed that the supposed drug distributors used front companies in New York and California to conduct their covert drug activities. Transport containers labeled "sea cucumbers" are said to have actually contained massive amounts of drugs. Cocaine, fentanyl and heroin are among the narcotics that were supposedly hidden in the packages. During 2013 through September 2015, it is said that more than 5,000 pounds of illegal drugs were delivered.

It is not uncommon for people facing federal drug charges to feel confused and afraid, particularly in view of the significant penalties that may accompany a conviction. The seriousness of the matter is typically cause for great concern. Many defendants in Pennsylvania, however, have been able to secure positive outcomes through aggressive and experienced defense assistance. A first logical step to take is to request a meeting with an attorney who has successfully defended others in similar situations. By launching an investigation into the details of the case, an attorney can determine whether any grounds exist for challenging proffered evidence in court.

Source:, "17 people indicted in massive NY $2.5M drug bust", Aug. 9, 2016

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