In California and every other state, the authorities regularly file drug charges against doctors who they believe have written improper prescriptions and over-prescribed pain killers and other substances. In most of these cases, the defendant charged with drug crimes finds it fruitless to defend, because they usually have the patients testifying against them. That is often because the patients are either co-defendants looking for leniency or because they have agreed to testify against the doctor to keep themselves out of trouble.
Police have heightened their interest in the so-called "date-rape drugs" in California. Generally, the main culprit is a chemical called GHB. However, there are similar versions of the same synthetic narcotic on the market that supposedly have a similar effect. Roseville police arrested three people recently on suspicion of drug sales of a drug with similar effects to GHB.
College fraternities are notorious for their parties, which often involve the consumption of alcohol and other questionable, albeit more intimate, activities. One such party in August led to an accusation of sexual assault against one of the members of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) at a party that took place at an off-campus location. The investigation into that incident by police at the California State University San Marcos campus and other local law enforcement agencies ultimately prompted an investigation into drug crimes supposedly committed by fraternity members.
East Los Angeles was the scene of a particularly dramatic raid on Dec. 10 when over 800 federal and California law enforcement officers fanned out to arrest 38 members of a street gang reputed to be closely tied to a powerful prison gang. Members of the Big Hazard gang were indicted under the federal RICO criminal conspiracy laws. At the heart of the indictment was the allegation of a wide array of drug crimes and violent crimes that the gang carries out.
The federal criminal justice system is being criticized in a number of areas. For example, there has long been criticism of the federal sentencing guidelines. They are rife with shocking mandatory minimum sentences, and are responsible for thousands of Draconian crack cocaine sentences that were so unconscionable that recent reforms had to be at least partially initiated. Another controversial tactic being implemented in California and elsewhere is that of setting up a fake drug arsenal and using fraudulent representations to entice individuals into a fake proposal, only to find that they are facing serious drug crimes charges without having ever touched or seen an illegal drug.