No matter the situation, being charged with a drug crime can have a permanent impact on one's future. Drug charges can range from possession of marijuana to being involved in complex drug trafficking. Penalties can be severe, especially if the charges are for federal drug crimes.
A Wisconsin man was recently indicted by federal authorities for his alleged involvement in a drug trafficking ring. He and several others from Wisconsin are facing serious charges for drug trafficking and illegal gambling offenses. Others indicted with the same crimes are from a number of other states.
There is little information about the investigation itself, only that the investigation had been ongoing for a year. Agents found hundreds of pounds of marijuana that had been moved from the West Coast to the Midwest where it made its way to the Wisconsin man and the others. Authorities report that one raid resulted in the seizure of 25 pounds of drugs.
Combined with the sports betting gambling charge, which reportedly generated hundreds of thousands of dollars, this Wisconsin man could be facing some severe penalties if his involvement is established.
Even for individuals who are charged with a less serious charge such as possession, a penalty following a conviction could mean spending time in prison. The consequences often go beyond the legal sanctions as well. A criminal conviction could impact job opportunities in the future and even access to home loans.
For those who have been charged with a drug crime, knowing how a conviction can make an impact on one's future is important. It can also be beneficial to speak with someone who understands the laws regarding drug crimes. This can help one determine what the next step should be after an indictment.
Source: Journal Times online, "Racine man among 24 in federal drug, gambling bust," Christine Won, 02 June 2011