Three men, ages 55, 32 and 40, face criminal charges related to a number of drug crimes for their alleged involvement in a drug ring that involved trafficking marijuana in Montgomery County and surrounding regions. The accused men are in custody in Montgomery County prison unless two of them can pay $4 million and the third can pay $2 million in bail. Court documents indicated that the first man allegedly had acted as the marijuana supplier for the second man, who then sold hundreds of pounds of the drug throughout several Pennsylvania counties starting in Nov. 2012. Indications were that some people who were involved in the drug ring remained unidentified.
After authorities noticed that a number of drug transactions were being made to an unidentified subject in Whitpain Township, they placed the oldest of the accused men under surveillance. On April 22, they followed him to Philadelphia where he leased a truck and then got several toolboxes from a company. He took the truck and boxes to a garage. Reports indicate that a subsequent search revealed that the toolboxes held more than 200 pounds of marijuana.
He is then reported to have met with the third alleged co-defendant in South Philadelphia, supposedly to receive payment for the marijuana. A fourth unknown subject seems to have called the third man asking about marijuana. The youngest subject then supposedly took two pounds of the drug to the caller.
On May 6, the first and third subjects went through the same routine, when police allegedly caught them in the act with cash and more than 200 pounds of marijuana. Law enforcement personnel then proceeded to search one of the homes and found the youngest man and additional marijuana.
When someone is arrested for trafficking drugs, they could face mandatory penalties and harsh sentences. A criminal defense attorney can examine the evidence and make sure that official police procedure was followed. If their client is convicted, they then might be able to help clients negotiate a plea agreement and reduced consequences.
Source: Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch, "Three Charged in Four-County Marijuana Trafficking Ring", Tony Di Domizio, May 16, 2013