As many as 13 men were recently charged with federal drug trafficking crimes. Police claim that the men were engaged in an international drug trafficking ring that extended from Canada into New Hampshire. Allegedly, the drug operation was in business for years, trafficking millions of dollars in cash, cocaine and marijuana across international lines.
Those speaking on behalf of the United States Attorney in charge of the arrests would not give details on exactly how many individuals have been arrested. However, one attorney from the office mentioned that some suspects had yet to be apprehended.
Court records indicate that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration first began investigating the alleged drug crimes ring about six years ago, following an incident with the Oklahoma State Police. In 2008, Oklahoma troopers said they found over $2 million in cash hidden inside a pickup truck with New Hampshire license plates during a traffic stop. As the investigation continued, federal agents identified various men connected to the cash and what they believe is an international drug trafficking ring.
New Hampshire residents found guilty of federal drug trafficking charges could spend many years in prison. For this reason, it is important to handle the defense of such cases meiiculously, with an expert understanding of the laws that have been allegedly violated and the potential punishments associated with them. After an in-depth analysis of the facts and evidence being presented by the prosecution in a federal drug trafficking case, accused individuals can try to develop an angle of defense that illuminates the holes in the prosecution's case and casts sufficient doubt on their version of the facts to try to prevent conviction.
Source: Concord Monitor, "Police: Several New Hampshire men linked to Canadian drug smuggling ring," June 27, 2014.