A drug bust has the potential to capture many people participating in crimes, but there’s also the possibility of arresting those who are innocent of any wrongdoing. For instance, if you’re simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, you may be shocked when you’re arrested for participating in a drug crime you never committed.
Recently, there was a drug bust in Virginia. The drug investigation has led to 35 people being arrested or identified for arrest in Washington County, according to news from May 24. The 35 individuals now face 106 felony drug indictments.
Each of these individuals faces different charges, but on the whole, they include felony charges related to manufacturing and distributing drugs. Others include charges for carrying firearms and distributing methamphetamine and prescription medications.
In the above drug bust, 25 of 35 people have been arrested or located. The remaining 10 people have not yet been caught by the police. They’ve asked the public to assist.
In long investigations like this one, it’s normal for the police to identify crimes and then follow through on a drug bust all at once. This gives them time to collect more evidence and information against individuals. With that, there is a risk of the police setting you up to buy or sell drugs when you may otherwise not have, an act also known as entrapment. Your attorney can help you understand if you have been victimized by the police. If you are caught up in a drug bust you aren’t part of, your attorney can help you collect evidence to clear your name and protect your reputation.
Source: Bristol Herald Courier, “Drug investigations net 35 people in Washington County, Virginia,” Zach Irby, May 24, 2017