Eight total arrests have been made in connection to drug trafficking and firearm offenses by members of ATF and the LVPD, reported KTNV Vegas. “Operation Nora”, as it is known by the coordinated team of ATF and police department investigators, which investigates the Sherwood Forest and Naked City of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
During the operation, officers seized a sizable amount of methamphetamine and other drugs, as well as 30 guns and a large amount of ammunition.
Of the eight Las Vegas residents arrested in connection to this drug and firearm bust, most are facing fines in the millions of dollars as well as potential decades-long sentences if they are found guilty of their charges.
What Are the Penalties for Drug Trafficking Charges?
Drug trafficking is one of the most common criminal acts committed in the United States. Every day, millions of drug-addicted people receive their methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin from these drug traffickers, and police take these crimes very seriously. If you are caught with narcotics over a certain amount, you may be charged with drug trafficking even if your intent was only for personal use, and police come down hard on those they see as drug pushers.
In Nevada, the potential penalties for drug trafficking are very serious. Not only is this crime a felony, if you are charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, you may face from 1-5 years in prison for a first offense, as well as a $5,000 fine in addition to other court fees.
For second and third offenses, the penalties become even steeper, with up to 20 years in prison for your third offense as well as a hefty fine of up to $20,000 to pay for your crimes.
What To Do If You are Involved in a Drug Trafficking Case
Being charged with intent to distribute can be a very unfair process. If you are caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, you may be subject to these charges even if you never intended to become part of the drug dealing trade.
The first thing that you need to do after being arrested is to call an experienced criminal defense lawyer, in order to avoid being shafted and having to use a public defender who may not care about your case. Starting the legal process immediately will allo you and your lawyer time to go over your case details and find aspects that may help to prove your innocence and allow you to walk free.
LV Criminal Defense is one of the top criminal defense firms in Las Vegas, and we have helped hundreds of clients to fight unfair criminal charges to great success. We offer a free introduction for those who are unsure if our lawyers are right for them, so contact us today to get yours set up.
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