Arrests involving charges against multiple people in the same crime may lead to charges being reduced or dropped. Often, drug charges involve accusations of conspiracy and multiple actors that may lead to a complex case for prosecutors to pursue. A Pennsylvania defendant may want to be aware of options under the law that can lead to a simpler resolution to his or her case.
A recent methamphetamine ring bust in Pennsylvania was considered the largest in state history. More than 25 defendants were originally charged in the bust last year. The drugs were distributed through a network that crossed various locations, including Buck, Pennsylvania.
More than ten of the defendants were initially charged through an investigation called 'Operation Blowout.' There were many different facets to the original charges, including multiple people being charged as drug distributors. Investigation of the ring reportedly led to the discovery of a disassembled methamphetamine drug lab, along with more than one hundred weapons. Some of the drugs are thought to have come from Mexico, while other drugs likely originated in Philadelphia.
Many of the defendants charged in crimes related to this ring received lowered charges or had charges dropped altogether in court in January of this year. Ultimately, the reason for the drug charges being reduced or dropped is not entirely clear. Regardless, it is likely that being well-prepared with an understanding of the law and facts would assist any defendant in preparing his or her case. A well-informed defendant is often in a better position to effectively counter drug charges alleged in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
Source: phillyburbs.com, "Charges dropped, bails changed for some meth ring suspects," Jan. 29, 2013