Important to know one's rights when facing drug charges

The battle against illegal drugs continues to rage in Louisiana. Law enforcement officers are working tirelessly to attempt to stem the tide of illegal drugs. Undercover investigations can result in arrests and drug charges. The people facing charges are entitled to a defense and are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

As the result of a recent investigation by the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, a shipment of illegal drugs was reportedly intercepted. Based on information received in the course of the investigation, the sheriff's office arrested two suspects. The two were charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics. One of the suspects also faces charges for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.

The intercepted drug shipment included significant amounts of cocaine, marijuana, Xanax pills and hydrocodone pills. According to the sheriff's office, more arrests may be imminent. The street value of the drugs is not known.

A drug conviction can have a devastating impact on a person's life in Louisiana. A person facing drug charges has a right to a criminal defense. If a person is unsure of his or her rights under the law, he or she may make ill-advised decisions when faced with the prospect of jail time. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can ensure that the client is fully aware of his or her rights and advise the client on available legal options. The battle against illegal drugs and the harm they do is a valid and valiant one, but people's rights must be upheld so that innocent people are not unjustly prosecuted.

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