The federal Drug Enforcement Agency had been investigating two New Jersey women for approximately one month after suspecting involvement in a drug distribution ring. Just recently the two women were charged with the illegal sale of prescription drugs in federal court.
Being charged with these types of drug crimes can be an overwhelming circumstance for the accused individual. Even if the charges do not lead to a conviction, the accused individual may still experience the negative effect of such an allegation.
For the two New Jersey women, the charges allege that they planned on distributing thousands of dollars of prescription drugs. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, the women are suspected of using blank prescription paper and computer software to write fraudulent prescriptions. There is little information as to where the women are suspected to have stolen the prescription pads from or whether anyone else was involved.
Federal authorities did comment on what led up to the arrests. According to the DEA, agents used information provided by a witness who had allegedly purchased the prescription drugs from the women. The witness then told the federal agents that the women were selling the drugs to others.
It is likely that the two women understand the seriousness of the charges against them. If they are convicted of the charge, they could both be spending the next 20 years in prison. Not only that, but they may be sentenced to pay a $1 million fine.
While others may not find themselves in this exact situation, they could be facing other types of drug charges. In any case, those suspected of drug crimes should take steps to defend themselves and protect their rights. Consequences from a conviction could have a negative impact on the rest of their lives.
Source: The Star-Ledger: "Twin sisters are charged with operating N.J. oxycodone distribution network," David Giambusso, Aug. 31, 2011