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Lengthy investigation leads to federal drug charges

Police officers in Pennsylvania and other states often use covert means to obtain alleged evidence in drug task force investigations. After remaining undercover for more than a year, investigators in another state have filed federal drug charges and made 16 arrests. They claim the huge drug operation involved marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

A 43-year-old man has been accused of heading the alleged drug trafficking operation. Charges against him include maintaining a property for drug distribution. Federal agents apparently targeted the man in their lengthy investigation, using wiretaps, surveillance and controlled drug purchases to gather information.

Authorities say that during recorded phone calls, alleged dealers can be heard using code words to refer to drugs and those who wanted to purchase them. They also claim that they pulled over a vehicle belonging to one of the accused and found at least $100,000 inside. Supposedly, the serial numbers on some of the money were identical to bills they had used in their controlled drug purchases.

Twelve of those arrested were booked into a county jail, and mug shot photos of them were posted on the internet. Anyone facing similar federal drug charges in Pennsylvania may be concerned about the negative impact such postings could have on their reputation. In order to address the situation, or discuss any other issues regarding current charges, a request can be made to meet with an experienced criminal defense attorney, who would be able to review the situation and help determine how best to proceed to obtain a positive outcome in court.

Source: journalgazaette.net, "Feds bust up drug trafficking ring", Rebecca S. Green, Aug. 10, 2016

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