According to reports, a 2-year investigation has led to over 55 arrests in Amherst County, Virginia. The local sheriff's office had launched an investigation involving multiple departments to identify participants in an alleged methamphetamine dealing conspiracy.
During the investigation, also known as Operation Ice Breaker, law enforcement officials were able to stop about five pounds of meth from entering the county. Officers from local, state and federal agencies were able to stop a vehicle that had been identified as a target in Charlotte, North Carolina. As part of the sting, investigators had already identified individuals who were involved in the conspiracy but commented that those arrested would have no idea about who had identified them or at what end of the level that investigators had caught them on.
Several of the defendants who were arrested have already pleaded guilty to the charges. The sheriff has commented that he believes that the job of the department is far from over and there is still a lot more work to be done.
A person charged with a drug crime may wish to consult a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. To prove that a defendant committed a criminal offense, the state must prove that the defendant committed every element of the crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecution fails to prove just one element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, it is possible that the defendant may be found not guilty.
Defendants who are facing drug charges must make a major decision about whether or not to plead guilty to the crime charged. In some cases, a guilty plea can lead to a substantially lesser sentence than the defendant would have received if he or she had requested a jury trial. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help clients make this decision after a thorough review of the facts of the case.