Many members of one family were recently arrested on drug charges. They have been accused of engaging in drug trafficking involving large amounts of drugs, such as methamphetamine. The alleged crime took place in multiple communities in California, including near one middle school.
Police said the drug operation was headed by a man, 52, and his wife 49. Their 23- and 24-year-old sons are also believed to have helped lead the operation. Eight other people were also arrested, with their ages ranging from 19 to 59; a ninth is currently being hunted by police, as he was able to avoid being captured.
The arrested individuals face charges associated with conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Police said the family begin to operate in 2013; they obtained and stored their drugs before they gave dealers their supplies. The sons of the married couple leading the operation allegedly gave several other arrested people drugs, and these other people would then sell small amounts of them to customers.
These drug trafficking charges have to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt; otherwise, no conviction can be secured in these cases. This strict standard is in place to protect innocent people from being found guilty of crimes. Drug trafficking is particularly serious because it may result in much stiffer penalties than drug possession in California. People who have been charged with drug crimes have the right to defend themselves in court, or they may be given the chance to plea bargain with prosecutors, which may result in a more personally favorable sentence for them.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Family arrested in takedown of Central Coast drug trafficking ring", Veronica Rocha, April 7, 2015