Law enforcement involves itself with many drug trafficking investigations, sometimes leading to a high-profile bust. Recently, police in Fall River made headlines after a month-long investigation reportedly led to the recovery of 5 pounds of fentanyl and more than $11,000 in cash.
The investigation involved the State Police Gang Unit and the Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force. Police officers reportedly purchased drugs from two suspects and then procured a search warrant for an apartment and two vehicles. After executing the warrant, police say they recovered drugs, cash, paraphernalia and weapons.
The initial raid also set in motion a future sting arrest. Police uncovered information regarding the identity of the alleged supplier and then arranged to procure drugs from the driver at a restaurant parking lot. Police arrested the suspect and recovered bricks appearing to contain fentanyl. The 5 pounds of seized drugs represent the total amount found during both events.
The individual arrested at the restaurant now faces drug trafficking charges. Others may soon face drug-related charges as well. Considering a firearm and ammunition were recovered at the scene, weapons-related charges may be possible. Regardless, all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Serving a warrant remains a vital aspect to law enforcement raids. Obtaining warrants is a must as searches performed without a warrant could lead to evidence getting thrown out of court.
Individuals facing drug trafficking and other felony drug charges might face significant prison time if the prosecution’s case convinces a jury to convict. A criminal defense attorney may represent the accused in court and examine many factors related to the case. An attorney may be able to negotiate a plea bargain arrangement for reduced penalties.