The Attorney General in California, along with other state law enforcement officials, have announced what they say is the "takedown" of a transnational drug trafficking cartel having its center in Contra Costa County. Many would envision the methamphetamine trade in the United States to consist of small meth labs spread around the country, with perhaps an occasional high-volume lab along the line of a "Breaking Bad" scenario. However, in California the authorities claim that a major transnational conspiracy exists which includes the manufacture of the drug in Mexico and its shipment to points in California for widespread distribution.
Purposely avoiding arrest can exacerbate legal problems for those who are eventually arrested by law enforcement. This can result in additional criminal charges as well as the possibility of more severe punishment. One man seems to have made this mistake in a recent incident, which resulted in him facing California drug charges in San Diego County.
Facing drug charges can be an intimidating scenario, especially for someone who has little experience with the criminal justice system. However, a strong criminal defense can help the individual to aggressively defend himself or herself against drug crime charges in a court of law. One man recently found himself in this scenario in California.
Homeland Security special agents may engage in drug busts where there may be a conspiracy to bring drugs in from another country. That is what purportedly happened in Riverside, California on Sept. 26. Homeland Security agents announced that they had executed search warrants on three homes and had found more than $5 million of illicit drugs and chemicals. Agents said that this included over 40 gallons of liquid meth in one home and evidence of a large scale drug manufacture operation.
For some time, the state of California's sentencing guidelines differentiated between powdered cocaine and crack cocaine. That all ended recently with the passage of the California Fair Sentencing Act, which now makes the sentences for any derivative of cocaine the same. Proponents of the Act say this ends the racial disparity that existed when individuals were convicted of drug crimes involving cocaine or crack.