Drug dealers in Indianapolis and other cities seldom work alone. Dealers who sell drugs on the street usually obtain them from persons who bring the drugs into a city or neighborhood. The drugs probably crossed state and international borders before they arrive at their destination.
Due to the dangers associated with most controlled substances, being charged with a drug crime can be a serious situation for those accused. Depending on the details of the crime, these charges could carry serious penalties, damaging the accused's personal and professional reputation. Thus, it is important that defendants understand that they may have the ability to take an aggressive approach against drug charges.
Most drug crimes in Indianapolis and its neighboring communities involve so-called street crimes, in which illicit drugs are sold by the dealer to the user in secretive, cash only transactions. Occasionally, however, a manufacturer of prescription drugs can run afoul of the law by ignoring federal or state laws governing the industry. A recent indictment issued against Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in nearby Noblesville, charges that the company's executives deliberately violated federal laws that regulate the labeling and sale of prescription drugs.
Setting harsh drug sentences that judges couldn't reduce wasn't controversial in the 1980s, when the majority of mandatory minimum sentences were put in place. Today, however, we can see the results of the policy: jails and prisons nationwide are stuffed to capacity.
"It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense," wrote Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his latest policy memo. "This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us. By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory-minimum sentences."
It's emotionally satisfying to many people to feel that their lawmakers are "tough on crime." According to the New York Times' The Upshot blog, people are willing to pay 10 times their actual losses to prevent a second burglary -- and 100 times their losses to prevent a second armed robbery.
Internationally renowned entertainer Prince Nelson Rogers died a year ago last week. Surrounding the anniversary of his death came some news that may shed some light on how the performer suffered before he died.
Officials across the country have been mounting large-scale drug stings. Last week, a force involving federal, state and local law enforcement officers served arrest warrants on over 40 suspects in a nearby jurisdiction. The suspects are accused of various drug crimes, including dealing. Of particular note is the preparation that went into the sting: Authorities began their investigation about six months in advance.
Hearing a loud knock on the door and seeing several uniformed officers with serious looks on their faces who are asking to come inside and "take a look around" is a frightening situation many young adults in Indiana have experienced. If the officers are granted entry, and they claim to discover something that raises suspicion of illegal drug activity. The result of such a visit might wind up with one or more persons handcuffed and shuffled off to the backseat of a police car.
The chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police recently announced his resignation, ostensibly to seek higher paying opportunities. He legacy includes many reform efforts, including warrant sweeps.