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What factors could impact a drug trafficking case?

Facing any type of criminal charge can be a substantial setback in your life. You may think that you understand your initial charge, but you may later find out that you actually face more serious allegations than first believed. It is common for certain types of criminal activities, especially drug charges, to have differing degrees of severity.

With a more minor offense, like drug possession, a person could face a misdemeanor charge. However, felony charges could apply to more serious situations, like drug trafficking. Trafficking is one of the most severe types of drug crimes, and if authorities have accused you of participating in such an activity, you will undoubtedly have your hands full working on your defense.

13 NC residents face drug and weapons charges in FBI operation

North Carolina residents may have heard about the arrests of 13 people for a variety of drug and weapons offenses in the eastern part of the state. Twelve of those arrested were indicted on federal charges. In a press conference on August 1, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that 12 people had been charged in connection with a multi-agency operation led by the FBI.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Nor'easter. This operation was executed by the Take Back North Carolina initiative with the goal of curbing suspected heroin and opioid trafficking and gang activity. Some of those who were accused reportedly have previous convictions on their records such as second-degree murder and robbery. Some of the accused were already in state custody on other charges.

Man faces drunk driving charges after going 88 mph on highway

A North Carolina man was taken into custody on July 14 for allegedly driving while under the influence. According to reports, the 36-year-old man was traveling on U.S. 321 in the area near Hardin Road at about 5 a.m. when a trooper clocked his speed at 88 mph.

After pulling the man over, the trooper noted that the man had red, glassy eyes and was unsteady when standing. He also had the odor of alcohol on his breath and was having trouble speaking. When he was given a breath test, his BAC was found to be at .23 percent, which is nearly three times the legal limit in the state of North Carolina.

Triplets in North Carolina accused of selling counterfeit pills

An informant communicating with a 21-year-old man on Facebook connected police in Raleigh with evidence used to arrest him and one of his triplet brothers for an alleged drug operation. The informant arranged for the man to sell him 1,000 counterfeit Xanax bars. After buying the pills, police kept the drugs as evidence and later arrested the two men. Authorities charged the brothers with possessing and selling Xanax pills. Police suspected some of the pills contained the powerful narcotic fentanyl. The third brother had been arrested previously on charges of trafficking heroin or opium.

The search warrants revealed the addresses of two of the brothers, who lived at The Hue Apartments and the Sky House Apartments. Investigators believe that the men received packages of pills ordered off of the dark web at the Sky House Apartments and also manufactured counterfeit pills.

Father and son face stiff penalties for running a drug ring

The small North Carolina town of Godwin was the site of a rather large cocaine and crack distribution scheme. However, the men operating the drug ring have been convicted and sentenced, according to a June 21 announcement from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Two of the men, ages 44 and 42, were given life sentences for drug trafficking, money laundering and possession with intent to distribute. A third man was given five years and four months plus three years of probation for money laundering. He is the father of the other two defendants.

Understanding the concept of "self-defense"

There may come a time when you feel your life is truly in danger. Someone may break into your home, a fight may break out at a party, or you could face some other situation in which you must defend yourself or risk losing your life.

In those moments, you may have to make a decision that few people want to make -- whether to take a life. If you made that choice, you may face criminal charges. Proving to the court that you had no choice because you were defending yourself may require some assistance since the concept of self-defense may present some challenges.

New federal prosecutor in North Carolina

The county commissioners representing New Hanover County plan to participate in the Take Back North Carolina initiative. This program announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office will distribute federal prosecutors throughout the state to increase federal prosecution of drug and gang crimes. One commissioner said that the entire board approved of paying for a second prosecutor to work within the county and supplement the efforts of another prosecutor funded by the federal government.

A district attorney said that currently 51 federal prosecutors serve the state, but all of them live in Raleigh. The problems of opioid abuse and violent crimes prompted the initiative. Regional prosecutors will apply their attention to violent and career criminals, especially those involved in the distribution of heroin and fentanyl.

Three arrested in I-85 drug bust

On May 24, North Carolina law enforcement officers made a major drug bust on Interstate 85. According to authorities, drug traffickers commonly use I-85 to transport drugs from Atlanta to Rowan County.

According to media reports, deputies from the Rowan Sheriff's Office pulled over a Honda CR-V near the town of Faith. Authorities had apparently been tipped off that the vehicle might contain drugs that were manufactured in Atlanta. A search of the vehicle and its three occupants allegedly uncovered 280 grams of methamphetamine, a half ounce of cocaine, two plastic bags of marijuana and $10,000 cash.

Bar and restaurant raids lead to over 130 arrests

From May 4 to 6, North Carolina authorities raided a number of bars, restaurants and clubs across the state in an effort to deter violence. The operation led to the arrest of more than 130 people, many of them on drug charges.

According to media reports, two Asheville establishments were among those targeted by North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents during the sting. Ellington Underground was cited for multiple violations, including failing to clear tables and counters of alcoholic drinks after 2:30 a.m. The private club's 26-year-old owner was also arrested after agents allegedly found several bags of cocaine on the property. He was charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Polanco restaurant was cited for failing to purchase alcoholic drinks from a wholesaler.

Multi-agency operation nets drugs, firearms

Authorities in North Carolina took 13 people into custody on drug-related and other charges following a two-day operation by seven law enforcement agencies. Dubbed "Operation Hammer Time", the operation seized 15 firearms, 90 grams of cocaine in crack and powder form, more than 2 pounds of marijuana and hundreds of ammunition rounds.

Law enforcement obtained four search warrants for residences in the Happy Hill neighborhood. They seized a number of drugs and firearms there and then executed another search warrant in south Rocky Mount where they found two more handguns and more cocaine. They seized another handgun when they made a traffic stop related to the search warrant.

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