Police in another state arrested numerous people after they say they gathered evidence in a long investigation. Authorities say they have arrested eight people for drug crimes in connection with an alleged drug ring being run out of New Jersey. They are accused of trafficking heroin and distributing it to gangs.
Many people are arrested for drug crimes every day in the United States. Sometimes police acquire evidence over long investigations, and they can easily make procedural mistakes that give authorities an unfair look into a person's life, which could lead to charges.
Drug charges come with serious accusations and consequences in New Jersey. The accusation in this case is especially serious because of the amount of drugs authorities are accusing this group of selling, said to be worth $600,000 on the street. When police investigate drug crimes it is important that they conduct their investigations fairly and legally. Obtaining evidence illegally would be a violation of the rights of the accused person.
It is important that we work to protect the rights of all individuals, including those accused of crimes. If we don't protect their rights, authorities could be prone to overstep their constitutional boundaries, leading to misuse of power and potential convictions of innocent people.
If someone is arrested for a drug crime, they should understand their rights. Speaking with a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in drug crimes might be helpful in making sure authorities don't violate a person's rights. They can also help determine what evidence might be presented against the accused and make sure the evidence was obtained lawfully.
Source: WECT, "Detectives stop well-organized heroin trafficking ring from NJ," April 5, 2012