Many people attempt to make easy money by selling drugs. Many drugs can sell for hundreds of dollars an ounce, which is alluring to many. However, when large amounts of drugs are involved - especially heavily addictive drugs such as heroin - the police are bound to find out sooner or later. A recent bust by multiple agencies has led to the arrest of nine people in the Wisconsin area.
A U.S. attorney has filed a complaints against the nine suspects - who range in age from 23 to 55 years old - for alleged heroin distribution through various counties in Wisconsin and Michigan. One man was charged with heroin distribution, while the eight others were charged with conspiracy. The man is allegedly responsible for selling more than 500 grams of heroin, while the others face charges for their roles in the buying, distributing and selling the drugs.
Each person faces federal drug charges for drug trafficking across state borders. They face imprisonment for anywhere from 5-40 years and a $5 million fine. Once released, they may require supervision for the rest of their lives. Various police and sheriff's departments assisted with the investigation, as well as area drug trafficking programs.
Simple drug possession is typically considered a state charge. However, when a person is accused of selling drugs across multiple states, it becomes a federal case. Federal drug charges result in serious consequences. As seen in this case, the suspects could face harsh prison sentences and fines if convicted. However, they are still considered innocent and may wish to take the appropriate steps to maintain their innocence or at the very least, reduce their punishment.
Source: The Daily News, "Nine arrested in heroin bust" No author given, Dec. 20, 2013