The complexities of a federal drug case exceed that of a state drug case due to the constitutional and evidentiary issues that come along with such a charge. The prestige of a federal case brings aggressive prosecution and a thorough investigation into the matters of the case. Ultimately, prosecutors will seek long prison sentences, and that is why the defendants of any federal drug trafficking charges must secure proper legal representation.
Pennsylvania authorities announced charges this week against 32 people for allegedly selling prescription drugs in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The charges - and two murders authorities believe may be linked to them - illustrate how aggressively law enforcement agencies are responding to a changed drug-dealing climate.
A U.S. court has ruled that the trial of a Pittsburgh-area woman accused of drug trafficking charges will move forward, even though attorneys will have to do without some of the evidence. Allegedly, police had confiscated heroin and the suspect's purse at the time of the 32-year-old woman's arrest and placed the items in the city's drug evidence room, where they were burned and destroyed during a recent housecleaning.
Buju Banton, a reggae star who recently won the 2010 Grammy for Best Reggae Album, is about to undergo a second trial on charges of alleged drug trafficking. The first trial, conducted five months ago, ended when a hung jury refused to convict.
Last week, Pennsylvania state authorities announced they used surveillance and wiretaps to dismantle a large cocaine distribution network. The network was based in the Pittsburgh area, but had connections to Atlanta and Texas. Authorities believe the operation brought more than $4 million worth of cocaine into Allegheny County over the last two years.
Pittsburgh's own Wiz Khalifa was arrested in North Carolina Monday evening after a concert at East Carolina University's campus. Police raided his tour bus during a concert and found about 57.5 grams (about two ounces) of marijuana on board. Court records state Khalifa is being charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.