Los Angeles and Ventura County police arrested 13 individuals with connections to a Mexican drug cartel. They now face charges of drug possession and weapons offenses. The arrests took place in October.
According to investigators, Sinaloa cartel members brought drugs directly into the Los Angeles area. Then they transferred possession of the drugs to their dealer network via self-storage units. The joint task force began investigating “bulk drug sales” in the area in September 2017. They determined the source of the drugs to be a local man. Most of those arrested in the October raids are residents of Los Angeles County. Police are still searching for two other people connected to the distribution ring.
During the raids, police seized more than 160 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 120 pounds of cocaine. In addition, officers recovered more than 13 pounds of heroin, nearly 7 pounds of fentanyl and 600 fentanyl tablets. They also seized more than $350,000 in cash and confiscated 12 firearms. According to officers, the combined street value of the drugs approached $11 million.
Los Angeles drug possession attorney
When you face drug charges, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drug crimes cases in Los Angeles County, Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Drug crimes run the gamut from simple possession to large-scale drug possession for sale. If you face drug charges for simple possession, or have a criminal history of simple possession, changes in California law may allow you to reduce or eliminate some past drug convictions.
When you face possession for sale charges, you can expect to face the full fury of the prosecutor and judge. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced, aggressive drug possession attorney on your side. Don’t rely on inexperience and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do following an arrest.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County drug possession case.
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