A methamphetamine ring that was based in Tijuana has been disrupted after four people were sentenced to jail on a variety of drug-related charges. One of the people was apparently in charge of organizing the delivery drivers to ship the methamphetamine between Tijuana and the United States. The 56-year-old in charge of the apparent drug conspiracy was caught after the other three people -- all his drivers -- were caught. The police connected the dots and found the 56-year-old.
The older man was sentenced to 17 years in a federal prison for his crimes. It is not known what became of the other three people involved in this case.
There is no doubt that transporting meth across international borders is a very serious crime, and methamphetamines have a very nasty reputation. The interesting aspect to this story that can be applied in other drug cases is the insinuation that this drug ring was a conspiracy.
It may well have been a conspiracy, but drug conspiracy charges are very common in the criminal system. Prosecutors throw these charges around like candy in an attempt to add even more consequences onto an already serious criminal case. The idea is that these charges deter people from committing drug crimes, or sometimes they may be used to leverage a plea deal.
This is why anyone who is accused of such drug crimes needs to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. Defending yourself isn't all it's about, though that's most of it. It's also about letting the system know that they can't push you -- and, by proxy, the rest of the country -- around when they accuse you of a crime. Criminal defense keeps the system balanced.
Source: FOX 5, "Leader of major meth ring sentenced," June 30, 2014