Prosecuting attorneys have arraigned 11 individuals that were supposedly a part of a pill trafficking ring. The ring was claimed to have been funded by insurance fraud proceeds, and the investigation involved a number of eastern states. Police are also seeking the location of four other individuals purportedly involved in the ring, and this includes an individual from New Hampshire.
The investigation is said to have been ongoing for more than two years. The ring was said to have been discovered while police were conducting wiretaps of suspects. It is claimed that law enforcement authorities overheard conversations concerning trafficking of OxyContin, oxycodone and Percocet pills.
The alleged leader of this ring faces counts of conspiracy, trafficking, money laundering, larceny and insurance fraud. Others were charged for the same or similar crimes. A number of the defendants had already posted bail and were awaiting court dates for February or March.
We always need to start with the assumption in any criminal case that the person charged is innocent until proven guilty. It must be remembered that what is printed up in the newspapers are generally just allegations. As in the above circumstances, no one has yet been convicted concerning any of these charges. Before sentencing anyone to prison for a drug crime, we also need to make certain that evidence presented is reliable and that it was obtained in a legal manner.
Criminal defense attorneys are there to make certain that defendants are given the opportunity to tell their side in court and to make sure that the rights of defendants are not violated. Defense attorneys have the right to question the methods of law enforcement officers in these matters and to raise any possible search issue that came about during the process of the investigation.
Source: The Salem News, "15 face charges in drug ring," Julie Manganis, Jan. 24, 2014