On Jan. 19, it was reported that authorities have been observing what they say are numerous large-scale drug transactions occurring at the home of a 57-year-old Florida man. According to the investigators, the man was allegedly the leader of a methamphetamine and cocaine distribution ring that was being run at the Tallahassee home.
During the five-month investigation, the DEA Task Force investigators used surveillance cameras on the 8.23-acre property to capture what were claimed to be more than 50 drug transactions. Informants were also used to identify people who were said to be transporting drugs onto and off of the property.
The man was eventually taken into custody on Jan. 17 and is facing federal drug trafficking charges. The charges included conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possession of 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and a weapons violation. It was believed that he had been using the property since 2003 to run the drug operation. Two others, who were identified as a 35-year-old man and a 46-year-old man, were also facing charges in connection with the bust.
People who have been accused of drug trafficking could face years or even decades in prison if a conviction is obtained in addition to other serious consequences. A criminal law attorney may open an independent investigation into the drug charges depending on the circumstances surrounding the allegations made by the prosecution. In some cases, the attorney may work to have the charges dismissed if the search that led to the seizure of the drugs violated the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights.
Source: Tallahassee Democrat, "Feds looking to seize suspected drug trafficking leader's house", Jan. 19, 2018