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California drug and gun swoop leads to dozens of arrests

A major narcotics and firearms investigation in California involving more than a dozen law enforcement agencies has led to the seizure of about 39 pounds of methamphetamine, 20 pounds of marijuana and over 130 guns. Officers, deputies and agents also apprehended more than two dozen suspects according to a Nov. 15 press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. Agencies taking part in the operation, which is said to have been launched after a year of planning, included the California Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the San Joaquin and San Mateo County Sheriff's Offices, and the San Francisco, Redwood City, Daly City and San Mateo Police Departments.

Initial reports provided few details about the gun and drug swoop, but they did reveal that most of the individuals taken into custody were apprehended in and around Redwood City. Many of the suspects are said to be East Bay residents.

They face charges including drug possession, drug possession with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute firearms, dealing firearms without a federal license, removing the serial number from firearms and machine gun possession. The charges carry custodial sentences ranging from 5 to 40 years in prison and fines from $10,000 to $5 million.

Press releases about law enforcement investigations like this one often mention dozens of arrests, but that does not mean all of the individuals taken into custody will be prosecuted successfully. When their clients were apprehended during such an operation, experienced criminal defense attorneys may study the evidence carefully to determine whether it can establish guilt beyond reasonable doubt. If the evidence is less than compelling or police may have violated rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, attorneys may seek to have criminal charges reduced or dismissed.

Source: The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, Federal-State Law Enforcement Partnership Results In Multiple Arrests In South Bay Counties, Press release, Nov. 15, 2019

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