Keeping Tennessee neighborhoods safe from illegal drugs and the violence that is often associated with them is a commendable effort of law enforcement agencies across the country. In their efforts to rid the streets of dangerous substances, police may build cases based on months of investigation, surveillance and information provided by witnesses. Anyone who faces drug charges at the end of one of these investigations has the right to question any evidence police claim to have against them.
Some people may be doing just that following a six-month police investigation that culminated in the arrest of 10 Memphis residents. Law enforcement officers from state and local agencies teamed with the FBI during the operation. Early on a recent Tuesday morning, officers executed search warrants on numerous locations, allegedly resulting in the seizure of over $300,000 and the arrest of 10 people.
Police say they confiscated 500 grams or more of meth, 100 kilograms of marijuana and over 5 kilograms of cocaine. The quantities of the drugs reportedly discovered led to charges of conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute for the 10 who are being held following the roundup. The accused range in age from 19 to 59, and two of those arrested are father and son.
While the scope of the investigation may lead the accused to believe the evidence against them cannot be challenged, the fact is that these people are innocent until -- and only if -- proven guilty in court. To ensure the protection of their rights, those in Tennessee who face drug charges would do well to enlist the advocacy of a criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney will carefully examine and challenge the evidence and the methods used to obtain it.
Source: fox13memphis.com, "10 indicted on drug trafficking charges after FBI raids local home", Jeremy Pierre, Nov. 13, 2017