Pennsylvania residents may be interested to hear that 13 people were charged in connection with a heroin trafficking drug ring that allegedly operated within Pittsburgh and Beaver County and reportedly had ties to a California street gang. According to the attorney general, the charges are the result of an investigation that lasted a year and focused on the alleged heroin trafficking of the individuals.
The investigation resulted in more than four kilograms of heroin, $300,000 in cash and six firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle, being seized. Evidence and testimony was also presented before a grand jury that recommended criminal drug charges. According to the senior executive deputy attorney general, the drug trafficking operation had all the elements of a major Mexico to U.S. drug trafficking ring. He went on to say that even as far away as Pennsylvania, drug trafficking gangs and cartels find a way to expand their ranks.
The year-long investigation was reportedly known as "Operation Southern Stash" and involved a man who was on federal supervision for a drug trafficking conviction. He was the alleged local distributer of the raw heroin agents that came from Mexico. He was also believed to be supplied by an alleged ring leader, who was reported to be a member of the Surenos gang, which is a street gang that began in prison as a gang with ties to southern Mexico and settled in southern California.
The people who were charged in the incident may benefit from gaining the representation of a criminal lawyer who might be able to aid them in contesting their charges. Criminal lawyers may be able to challenge the evidence that the prosecution presents to cast doubt upon it. They may also be able to bargain with the prosecution to secure better sentences for their clients.
Source: Fox 43, "Western Pa. heroin trafficking ring busted", Paul Smith, August 07, 2013