A man from another state has found himself facing serious legal problems in Alaska. The Fairbanks Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has stated that investigators have been tracking this man since 2019. He was recently arrested and is now facing federal charges regarding conspiracy to re-distribute methamphetamine from his home state to Alaska.
Federal agents say the man was selling drugs to Alaska dealers
Investigators claim that they have evidence to prove that the defendant sold at least 60 pounds of methamphetamine to Alaska drug dealers between 2019 and 2020. The federal agents also say they believe the man in question is working as part of a larger drug trafficking ring. Conviction under the federal charges against the man carries a possible life sentence in prison.
Presenting evidence and proving a case are two separate issues
It is not uncommon for federal investigators to claim that they have evidence against a person they have arrested during a drug investigation. That does not necessarily mean a trial will result in a conviction. For instance, any substances seized during a search must be sent to a forensics laboratory to confirm that they are, in fact, what investigators claim them to be. It’s possible that a substance police thought was an illegal drug could turn out to be something else.
Always explore criminal defense options as soon as possible
As soon as a person learns that he or she is the subject of an Alaska federal drug investigation, it is wise to request legal representation. An experienced criminal defense attorney can review a case and recommend a best course of action to try to mitigate a defendant’s circumstances. An experienced attorney can also determine if a personal rights violation occurred leading up to, during or following an arrest, and he or she would know what to do to bring the matter to the court’s attention.