In California, one of the largest criminal industries is drug trafficking. The state’s location relative to the Mexican border, in addition to the number of local street gangs established in large counties, has led to an ongoing mental and physical health crisis.
At Elden Law Group, we specialize in protecting innocent men and women from unnecessary or unfair drug charges, as prosecutors continue to hunt for those behind large trafficking operations. For this reason, we’ve kept a close eye on developing cases in the state.
Here are some of the most newsworthy cases from the last month.
California Man Faces Drug Trafficking Charge in Illinois
A 27-year-old California man traveling to Maryland was arrested on charges of controlled substance trafficking and the manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. The charges came after police found hundreds of pills, for which the man did not have a prescription, in his vehicle.
Graham N. Bazell, the defendant, was pulled over for improper lane usage. A canine was deployed to sniff the vehicle, after which it alerted officers to the presence of drugs. More than 700 pills were recovered, in addition to four tabs of LSD and three grams of cannabis.
During an interview with Bazell, he claimed he obtained the pills from a friend in California. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.
Leader of Cartel Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
A San Joaquin County man has been sentenced to two decades in prison for leading a large drug-trafficking operation in Stanislaus County. His operation included marijuana and methamphetamine.
The defendant, Francisco Felix, coordinated the smuggling of large amounts of methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico. Then, prosecutors say, he facilitated their distribution.
Felix has been charged with one count of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, one count of conspiring to manufacturing and distributing marijuana, and three counts of using a cell phone to facilitate drug trafficking.
The accusations resulted from a year-long investigation involving the purchase of automatic weapons and drugs, confidential informants, and wiretaps.
Drug Trafficking Suspects Indicted in San Diego County
No less than 20 people were charged with drug trafficking after federal indictments were unsealed in San Diego in late June. The suspects are residents of San Diego, Spring Valley, El Cajon, and Chula Vista. They stand accused of trafficking heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine.
Several of the suspects have substantial ties to Mexican drug cartels, according to officials. Others are members of local street gangs. A total of 16 suspects were in federal or state custody when the charges were announced.
“Drugs are destroying lives and families and bringing violence to our communities,” said San Diego U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman. “We are more committed than ever to prosecuting these cases.”
Rancho Santa Margarita Officers Arrest Suspect on Street
In late June, two Rancho Santa Margarita deputies made contact with a suspicious person while working the night shift. During their investigation, they found multiple cell phones, needles, drugs, large amounts of cash, and drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s possession. The suspect was subsequently arrested.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney for Representation
If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking, contact our experienced team at Elden Law Group as soon as possible. We devote ourselves to every case that comes through our office – building a strong defense and fighting for a reasonable outcome.