An alleged drug ring based in Massachusetts with ties to other areas has apparently been busted after more than a year-long investigation. Now, 21 individuals face a variety of drug charges and other offenses from their alleged involvement in the ring. Considering these arrests reportedly occurred recently, Wed., Dec. 15, each of those accused is likely considering his or her options with regard to mounting an effective criminal defense.
Details regarding the arrests and ring bust
According to reports, authorities began investigating the alleged drug ring in May 2020. Over the course of their investigation, they reportedly intercepted various communications among those allegedly involved that included detailed plans for distributing both fentanyl and cocaine. Although supposedly based in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the distribution network also included Puerto Rico, New Hampshire and New York.
During their sting operation, authorities reportedly seized 650 grams of what they suspect is fentanyl along with 10.5 kilograms of cocaine. They also seized over $200,000 in suspected drug proceeds. Nineteen of the 21 individuals face charges of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and other substances, among others. One individual also received a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and the other person who also faces charges has yet to be apprehended.
Right to defense
Considering the seriousness of the conspiracy charges, with those facing three to 20 years in prison if convicted, each of those charged with theses offenses will want to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can analyze all of the evidence prosecutors have against the suspect as well as the procedures law enforcement used during the arrests in order to build an effective defense. A defense attorney will also be invaluable in protecting the suspect’s rights throughout legal proceedings and increase the suspect’s chances of obtaining the best outcome possible.