Drug trafficking is noted as a serious problem in many areas around the nation, including Louisiana. Government officials and law enforcement personnel often partner to investigate trafficking networks to curtail drug activities within their constituencies. Recently, several dozens of people were indicted on drug charges following a lengthy operation.
According to an attorney with the federal court of Louisiana's Middle District, 41 individuals were charged as part of the investigation. The charges included over 80 counts of offenses involving drugs and firearms. Those involved claim that it is the largest prosecution for the district.
The charges levied against the defendants reportedly included conspiring to possess and distribute methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine and unlawful use of communication facilities while committing drug trafficking. Also, some of the people were charged with illegally possessing firearms. Evidently, 32 of the 41 people indicted have also been arrested.
The investigation, which lasted several months, was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Also participating in the operation were the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Baton Rouge Police Department. The Louisiana State Police, the U.S. Marshal's Service and sheriff's offices from Ascension, Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes also assisted with the process.
Someone facing drug charges may not know what to do or understand the implications. If convicted of the charges, a person may be hit with significant fines and/or a lengthy jail sentence. The best course of action is to contact a Louisiana criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A strong defense team can help individuals every step of the way throughout the legal process with the goal of getting their lives back on track as quickly as possible.
Source: theadvocate.com, "U.S. Attorney announces largest prosecution in history of Baton Rouge federal court following drug trafficker indictments", Grace Toohey, March 6, 2018