Whether in North Carolina or some other state, law enforcement is concerned with keeping illegal and dangerous drugs off of city streets. Recently, a narcotics investigation spanning two states led to four arrests. Now, those arrested are facing a spate of drug-related crimes, and they are all likely considering their options for an effective criminal defense.
Investigation and arrests
Authorities from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Vice-Narcotics Investigators and the Horry County Police Department Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation into alleged drug activity in the area. No word was given as to why investigators chose to investigate the individuals, but their investigation netted four arrests in connection to an apparent drug distribution network. The report also did not specify why members of the Horry County Police Department took part in the investigation since the report states that the illegal narcotics distribution ring operated in Columbus County.
Nevertheless, authorities arrested four suspects, three men and a woman. The accused range in age from 34 to 46. All face a variety of drug charges that include conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and more. Those arrested were given bonds that range from $100,500 to $150,000.
Right to defense
Since the report did not specify the reasons authorities investigated and ultimately arrested the suspects, it is difficult to tell why officials initiated the investigation in the first place. As such, there may be aspects of the investigation, search and subsequent arrests that infringed upon the suspects’ civil rights. By working with an experienced criminal defense attorney in North Carolina, those accused of these drug crimes can gain a better understanding of their rights and options, and a lawyer will analyze all aspects of the case to identify holes in the prosecution’s case in order to obtain the best possible outcome for the client.