On Tuesday, September 23, 13 people were arrested in connection with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute drugs including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, according to a news report at NBC4i.com. The arrests were made in Columbus and involved local, state, and federal agencies.
Authorities state that some of the arrests were made at Michoacana market businesses throughout the city. Investigators in the case claim that members of the group used profits from the sale of illegal drugs to purchase vehicles and in an attempt to launder the proceeds.
According to the indictment, members of the group distributed cocaine, or were charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Five people were arrested for distributing methamphetamine, or possession with intent to distribute. In addition, it alleges that those arrested have conspired to distribute heroin since the beginning of 2011.
Those arrested in the drug bust range in age from 25 to 47 and include both men and women. Agencies who participated in the investigation include the DEA, IRS, the ATF, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Columbus Division of Police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to other charges, many of the 13 arrested were charged with intent to distribute 5 or more kilograms of cocaine.
5 kilograms of cocaine is equal to 5000 grams. In the state of Michigan, individuals who are charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine in amounts greater than 1,000 grams will face potential life in prison if convicted. In addition, the judge may impose a fine of up to $1 million.
Distributing or selling drugs is extremely serious business in Michigan, whether those drugs include cocaine, heroin, meth, marijuana, Vicodin or other prescription drugs, ecstasy, or any illegal substance. Even a possession charge is serious, particularly if an individual is found to have more of a substance in his or her possession than would be considered “normal” for personal use, as prosecutors may attempt to trump up the charge to one of possession with intent.
Regardless of how minor or serious the situation may seem, it is imperative that you consult with a dedicated and aggressive Michigan drug crime attorney who will work vigorously to achieve the best possible outcome. Without a skilled lawyer, your freedom and future are at risk.