Many arrests based on drug possession occur during traffic stops or alleged criminal matters that actually have nothing to do with illegal substances. Some, though, are the work of lengthy investigations undertaken by multiple law enforcement branches and are executed after significant police work. Recently, Tennessee law enforcement officers arrested five people that they believe are involved in drug trafficking and allegedly seized large quantities of marijuana, ecstasy and LSD.
The five people all lived in the Nashville area and are believed to be involved in a large scale drug operation. In addition to illegal drugs, law enforcement officials also seized firearms, vehicles and a large sum of money. One of the men who was arrested in the bust also allegedly had outstanding arrest warrants issued against him from out of state.
The crimes alleged against the accused are serious, ranging from possession to distribution charges, possession in a drug free zone, possession of firearms by a felon and others. At least four law enforcement and governmental agencies allegedly worked together to take on the alleged criminal endeavor.
While all drug charges should be taken seriously, the legal issues facing these five individuals are significant and severe. It is likely that the agencies involved in their arrest took their time to build their case and execute their arrests, which may mean that they will allege to have a lot of evidence to prove their charges. However, no criminal case should ever be presumed to be unbeatable, as all prosecutors are held to a high standard of proof to ensure that the defendant's rights are protected.