Two men have waived their charges to court after having been suspected of smuggling heroin into Western Pennsylvania. Both men are part of a group of 13 people who were indicted by a grand jury for their supposed involvement in an operation that transported the drug from Southern California and Mexico. One of the men faces several drug charges, including possession with the intent to deliver heroin and Methylone. The other, who had been on federal supervision for a drug trafficking conviction, faces similar charges.
The Pennsylvania State Attorney General said that one of the men had been a local distributor of heroin for a Mexican national who has been accused of re-entering the United States multiple times after being deported. The others accused in this case face extradition from California to Pennsylvania to face arraignment.
Another individual is accused of shipping drugs valued at $300,000. The accused was indicted on three counts after having been detained in Pittsburgh. Authorities raided many addresses, including residences of the two men who had waived their charges to court. A total of 13 people were charged in this case.
Those who have been taken into custody for alleged drug crimes may not fully understand the severity of their situations. Additionally, they may not understand the charges facing them or the consequences that may come about because of them. A skilled criminal defense attorney may aid those facing drug charges by helping them understand the law and how it protects them. A lawyer may research the case thoroughly and may be able to negotiate with the prosecution and the court in an attempt to arrive at the best possible solution.
Source: Tribune-Review, "2 area men waive charges in Western Pa. heroin smuggling case ", Patrick Cloonan , August 19, 2013