Louisiana police continue their efforts to combat the continuing drug crisis in the state. While opioids have somewhat receded from the headlines, methamphetamines are becoming more prevalent. A recent case involving methamphetamine trafficking resulted in the arrests of three suspects. The accused have a constitutionally guaranteed right to a criminal defense.
The accused were recently brought to trial. One of the defendants was found to have made a trip to California from where he reportedly shipped about one pound of meth to one of the other defendants. The package was intercepted as it was being transferred from the second defendant to the third defendant. In addition to the drug trafficking charges, one of the defendants was suspected in multiple homicide and burglary cases.
The three were found guilty during the recently held trial. The person who shipped the meth from California was sentenced to 42 years after being convicted for conspiracy to possess and intent to distribute methamphetamine. The other two defendants were sentenced to 10 and 12 years for possession with intent to distribute.
A person who is arrested and charged with a crime in the state of Louisiana is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. Possession of meth with an intent to sell is a serious offense. The burden of proof lies with the prosecution and must be supported by the evidence presented. There are procedures and processes that must be observed in the gathering of such evidence. An experienced criminal defense attorney can assist a client by informing him or her of one’s rights and working to ensure that those rights are upheld throughout the criminal justice process.