Crimes involving the sale, possession and trafficking of drugs are some of the most prevalent crime stories in the news today. Daily we’re seeing large drug arrests and a constant stream of news on our nation’s opioid crisis. It’s time to recap the top news in drug crimes with some of the biggest stories currently in the news.
In New Jersey, two men who were arrested on drug charges in the largest Fentanyl bust in the state’s history have received their prison sentences.
Philadelphia resident, Jesus Carrillo-Pineda and Arizona resident, Daniel Vasquez were sentenced to 10 years and 6 years respectively. The men were two of four who were involved in a bust that resulted in the seizure of nearly 100 pounds of the synthetic opioid, Fentanyl. Of the other two men involved, charges were dropped for one while the other remains a fugitive.
Fentanyl is one of the most dangerous opioids available on the streets. Its potency is said to be 50 times that of heroin, and even a small dose can have lethal results. It’s estimated that the amount seized in this bust would produce more that 18 million lethal doses.
It has been ordered by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan that jurors in the high-profile trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will remain anonymous.
Given the nature of Mr. Guzman’s career, prosecutors argued that it was necessary to protect the identity of the jurors to ensure a fair trial where the jurors were not burdened with fears of harassment or intimidation.
The decision from the judge came less than two weeks after El Chapo’s defense attorney stated he would not be a potential threat to any of the jurors.
An anonymous jury could pose some challenges to the defense team. Mr. Guzman’s defense attorney A. Eduardo Balarezo argued against an anonymous jury saying that it would make it more difficult for him to conduct meaningful examinations of potential jurors and create the impression that the defendant was a dangerous person from whom the jury needed protection.
A 42-year-old Iowa man was recently arrested on drug charges that included the sale of many large shipments of narcotics and other drugs. The man has been charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, which is considered a first-degree felony.
The unique aspect of this case is that the sales occurred completely on the dark web, using Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that makes it extremely difficult to trace financial transactions.
The drug sales were made primarily by college students, and authorities have said that the defendant can be connected to two drug overdose deaths of Ohio University Students in 20017.
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