Drug Crime Defense: Keeping it in the Family
Castle Rock drug crimes have been known in some cases to involve family members.
Felony defense attorneys assume the idea is that you need people around you that you can trust. But when it falls apart, entire families can be destroyed.
That appears to be the case by two large drug trafficking rings that were recently brought down by federal agents in Denver. One was run by a brother, the other by his sister, and prosecutors say the operations were responsible for transporting money and methamphetamine to Colorado from California.
So far, nearly two dozen people have been indicted by a grand jury. Of those, 20 were arrested in a single day in Colorado, Iowa, Utah and California.
Agents indicate that in addition to the arrests, they reportedly recovered more than $700,000 in cash, as well as an excess of six pounds of methamphetamine.
The investigation, dubbed “Dark Angel,” involved agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, The Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
These are not cases that you can rely on a government-appointed defender. Drug trafficking on this scale can result in decades behind bars in federal detention facilities – not to mention deportation.
The drugs were reportedly being taken across state lines in organic milk jugs. In one instance, it is reported that traffickers used a child to strap money to his body, in the hopes that he would go undetected.
The two siblings who headed the separate operations were reportedly using a California-based trucking company as a cover. Some of the drivers, however, were innocent, according to agents, and had no idea they were moving large quantities of drugs and money.
Agents suspect that although the drugs were transported from California, they were actually made in Mexico. The brother-and-sister duo were arrested in California.
It was actually a lead from the Denver Police Department that got the case kick-started, according to The Denver Post. The newspaper doesn’t indicate exactly what that lead was, but it is common in organized crime circles for police to squeeze lower-tiered offenders, in the hopes they will give up names and information about those higher up in the operation.
In these cases, even when two family members are involved, it’s important to have two separate attorneys to represent them, to ensure there are no conflicting interests.