When the authorities suspect that a group of people are involved in illegal activities, investigations and operations could ensue. In order to obtain the necessary probable cause to issue search or arrest warrants, authorities will wait to collect the necessary evidence. However, this step can often be rushed, usually because law enforcement is afraid they will miss their opportunity. Nonetheless, even when a major drug bust is made, if authorities have not followed protocol and took all the legal steps, this could allow those accused to poke holes in their case.
According to recent reports, authorities in Iowa made a major drug bust. The preliminary investigation reveals that the Monona County Sheriff's Office arrested over 12 individuals during a drug bust. In conjunction with agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, local authorities served eight search warrants on eight different suspects.
These multiple searches resulted in the discovery of methamphetamines, marijuana, guns and drug paraphernalia. In addition to these search warrants, nine separate arrest warrants were also issued in this investigation. As of now, 16 individuals are charged with drug crimes; however, authorities believe that more will be arrested and charged in this investigation.
All those arrested face a multitude of drug crimes that range from possession of a controlled substance to intent to deliver. These charges could result in the accused offenders facing serious and harsh penalties. Therefore, it is important for defendants to understand their criminal defense options.
Facing allegations of involvement in a drug bust can be a difficult situation to be in and navigate through. However, defendants facing drug crimes, no matter how many or how severe they are, have an opportunity to assert a defense. By challenging evidence and providing evidence of their own could help a defendant reduce or even dismiss some or all of the charges against them.
Source: Globe Gazette, "16 arrested in Iowa drug bust; more arrests expected," Alex Boisjolie, Oct. 13, 2017