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Narcotics task force charges 2 Louisiana men

Two Louisiana men in two separate incidents are facing serious drug charges after being arrested by the same drug task force. Reportedly, the Vermilion Municipal Narcotics Task Force was responsible for both arrests. In the first arrest, a 57-year-old man from Maurice was taken to jail after a routine traffic stop for speeding took a turn for the worse. Police claim the man tossed crack cocaine out of his car window before he stopped for the police. A local news report did not provide a description of the amount of crack cocaine supposedly seized by authorities. The drug charges the man now faces include possession of crack cocaine. His bond was set at $5,000.The second man, from Kaplan, has been charged with several drug offenses after allegedly selling drugs to an undercover police officer. No details were divulged as to the investigation surrounding the purported sale of drugs or the type of drugs seized. Authorities only said that an undercover operation led to charges of two counts of distribution of a Schedule V narcotic, one count of distribution of a Schedule IV and one count of a Schedule III narcotic. This man's bond is set at $160,000.

Man faces New Orleans grand jury on drug, weapons charges

The war on drugs in Louisiana is going strong. But regardless of the apparent zeal often exhibited by law enforcement, anyone who is accused of drug crimes in the state of Louisiana is entitled to certain legal rights during any arrest or trial regarding such charges. With these issues in mind, Lake Charles readers will be interested in a case involving a man who will now have to mount a very strong and meaningful defense before a New Orleans grand jury. The man hails from Buffalo, New York, and he now faces federal weapons and drug charges in Louisiana.The incident that led to the charges occurred shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Dec. 11 in Saint Tammany Parish. The 52-year-old man was reportedly pulled over by Louisiana State Troopers for a traffic violation.

Criminal defense for Lil' Boosie set back, judge denies motions

Lake Charles residents may have been following the case of Torrence Hatch -- better known as rapper Lil' Boosie -- who has been accused of murdering a man in 2009 and playing a role in several other killings. During his pre-trial hearing on Nov. 29, Lil' Boosie pled guilty to several drug charges, including trying to smuggle drugs into prison. The judge sentenced the artist to eight years in jail for those charges, with credit for time already served. The judge also denied Lil' Boosie's criminal defense attorneys' motion to take the East Baton Rouge District Attorney off the murder case.Further, the judge denied the criminal defense team's request to quash a search warrant of Lil' Boosie's home, and to suppress computer evidence purportedly seized by investigators. Additionally, the judge denied the defense's attempt to subpoena the man allegedly hired by Lil' Boosie for the 2009 killing. That person testified before a grand jury, but Lil' Boosie's attorneys say the man now wants to recant his statements.

$800,000 worth of drugs seized in 2 routine traffic stops?

Drug charges in Louisiana are often announced with great fanfare. They usually come in the form of a sheriff's department press release or as the result of an interview with a police spokesperson. We are often told about a lengthy investigation, sometimes involving cooperation from various state and federal task forces that have specifically targeted the seeming proliferation of drug crimes in our state. Little is offered of the suspect's point of view, except that which conforms to the police view. That discrepancy illustrates why the presumption of innocence is such an important legal doctrine.

Federal drug charges for 13 men accused of heroin distribution

Louisiana law enforcement sometimes applies a long investigative process before filing charges related to drug activity, especially when police are seeking federal charges. From the perspective of law enforcement, the more evidence that is procured prior to an arrest, the easier it is to make drug charges "stick." Even so, anyone accused of a drug crime has certain unshakable rights under the law and is entitled to the legal presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. Recently, after an investigation leading to multiple arrests involving a purported heroin distribution plot, 13 men were charged with federal crimes warranting a strong criminal defense.

Man accused of marijuana possession, violating parole

By law, if a person is accused of a crime, the innocence or guilt of that person should be determined based solely on the facts of the particular incident in question, not on any prior convictions the individual may have. Every case has to be tried singly, and every Lake Charles resident faced with criminal charges is presumed to be innocent until proven otherwise. Accused individuals have certain protections under the law, not the least of which is the right to remain silent. These facts and more may be running through the mind of a 35-year-old Louisiana man, who is accused of violating his parole by possessing marijuana.

Multiple drug charges for University of Louisiana student

Many Louisiana residents know that if an individual is caught in possession of a controlled substance, criminal charges are likely to follow. What Louisiana residents may not know, however, is that a single incident of possessing a controlled substance may lead to multiple drug charges. Everyday there are cases cited all over the country in which a routine traffic stop results in just such a predicament. And that appears to be the case for a University of Louisiana student who is now facing multiple drug charges after a traffic stop.

Seven arrested in what NOPD claim are linked incidents

Drug charges continue to merit attention in New Orleans and all of Louisiana. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) claimed success from the operation of three stings in the city on Oct. 26 and 27. Police claim the stings were related to purported associates of a recently convicted murderer, though there was no information released which corroborated that assertion.

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