When a large drug bust takes place, it’s possible that those who didn’t even know neighbors or friends were involved with drugs could be accused and have charges placed against them. Sometimes, being in the wrong place at the wrong time is all it takes for individuals to face an uncertain future.
That could happen in cases like this one, which now involves at least 71 people who are facing at least 140 charges. According to the news out of Virginia, there had been a 15-month investigation leading up to the arrests of 71 people, many of whom the sheriff has called “mid-level” drug dealers. Some have already been identified as “big-time” dealers.
Those who faced indictments following arrests had already been slated for arrest, but some now face additional charges following the sting operation. The police reported recovering two bags of heroin around the size of a baseball each. They also discovered over 30 grams of methamphetamine and 3.5 ounces of cocaine. A fentanyl patch and marijuana were also found during the operation. Police collected $3,500 from the same resident who had these items.
In this case, the indictments that have taken place have to remain sealed until the paperwork is served to the individuals. Once served, the news could report the names of those involved.
The problem with the news and media receiving that information is that it can quickly lead to damaged reputations, which is a major problem for those falsely accused. An attorney can help those accused of crimes protect themselves to prevent unnecessary damage to their reputations while they await trial or evidence to have their charges dismissed.
Source: Bristol Herald Courier, “Drug sting to net 71 Smyth County residents on 140 charges,” April 11, 2017