The war on drugs seems to be continuing unabated in the United States. A group of federal investigators arrested three individuals on Oct. 28 who were targets in an alleged national drug conspiracy that was based in California and allegedly shipped drugs throughout the country by using both the private and public shipping services. The three men were arrested recently in the Los Angeles area for drug sales, where they join 12 other alleged co-conspirators already arrested throughout California on a related case.
The investigation is spearheaded by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) based in San Diego. The main prosecution is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of California. Apparently, the charges against the three men have been filed in Florida, and consist of conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The men could face up to life imprisonment under the worst sentencing scenario.
A 23-year-old woman was also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering with the men. Authorities have described the intricate national conspiracy, carried out by a network of co-conspirators, including lower-level drug sellers. This particular arm of the group allegedly dealt with drug trafficking in the area of Florida covered by the Middle District federal court in that state.
Although the OCDETF program is assigned with the task of investigating and dismantling the most serious drug sales and money laundering organizations, it is unclear from the press reports how these arrests qualify for inclusion in that category. For the present, California defense counsel for each defendant will investigate the details of the respective client's involvement or knowledge, if any. Sometimes minor actors or peripheral figures are swept up in a wide net by such investigations. Counsel will prepare the strongest defense available under the facts and circumstances known to have occurred, and where appropriate, will manage the defendant's potential contacts or negotiations with the authorities.
Source: imperialvalleynews.com, "California drug trafficking, money laundering investigation leads to arrests", Oct. 30, 2014