Pittsburgh police say that they recently conducted 10 drug raids in the same Pennsylvania neighborhood. Investigators have reportedly been working for months to find out more about information they have received regarding a specific group of people who are accused of trafficking drugs and committing firearms violations in the area. As the string of raids came to a close, police made 24 arrests and say that one other suspect is still at large. As in all drug-related cases, each accused individual will have the right to legal counsel and to formally contest the charges.
Investigators say that the defendants are in a gang
Police say the people they arrested are part of a gang who have been terrorizing their neighbors. The defendants are charged with trafficking fentanyl, cocaine and other illegal drugs. Those arrested range in age from 19 to 57. Police say that they retrieved multiple firearms during their recent searches, and they believe the defendants may have used the guns to commit violence in the neighborhood.
Suspicion and proof are two separate issues
It is not the first time, nor will it likely be the last, that Pennsylvania police make arrests on suspicion of drug crimes and weapons violations. When a person is charged with such crimes, it does not necessarily mean that he or she will face conviction. Prosecutors must prove that substances claimed to be illegal drugs are, in fact, the drugs they claim them to be. They must also prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant committed the crime for which he or she stands accused.
Securing criminal defense support early on is always best
No matter how serious of a crime a Pennsylvania resident is charged with, he or she must be given an opportunity to present a defense in court. Most defendants request a meeting with a criminal defense attorney soon after they have been arrested. The attorney can help a defendant protect his or her rights and to make sure that he or she gets a fair trial.