Much of the cocaine that reaches the streets of Ohio comes from South America, and a case against two Venezuelan military leaders is being prepared by prosecutors at the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn. A source close to the investigation revealed that the federal government will charge two generals in the Venezuelan national guard with conspiracy to traffic cocaine to the United States. One of the generals about to be charged even held a top position at Venezuela's National Anti-Drug Office at one time.
At times, it may seem that the War on Drugs is not doing enough to keep offenders off the streets of Ohio. However, the population of federal prisoners increased by 800 percent between 1980, when the increased attention to drug trafficking began, and 2012. Unfortunately, the rising prison population has created a stress on the resources needed to maintain these prisoners. Statistics indicate that at least half of federal prisoners are held because of drug activity, primarily trafficking.
It was reported on Sept. 30 that Ohio authorities were involved in a six-state crackdown that ran from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27. In total, 37 felony drug arrests were made on Ohio's highways alone. The other states involved in the crackdown included Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana.
On Aug. 21, it was reported that an Ohio woman was accused of being involved in the death of a 24-year-old woman who overdosed on heroin on April 27. A Franklin County sheriff alleged that the accused woman provided the heroin that led to the overdose death.
Ohio residents might be interested to learn that a drone was used to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the United States. On April 28, border patrol cameras allegedly videotaped two men picking up drugs near Highway 98 in California. Later on, both of the men pleaded guilty to smuggling 28 pounds of heroin into the U.S. using a drone.
On Aug. 4, Ohio authorities filed charges against two men after it was believed that they were involved in two heroin overdoses. One of the overdoses occurred on July 25 while the second occurred on Aug. 2.
Basketball fans in Ohio may be familiar with Mike Scott, the 27-year-old forward who averaged 7.8 points per game from the bench to help the Atlanta Hawks top the Eastern Conference during the 2014-15 NBA season. Scott was taken into custody on felony drug charges on July 30. Deputies with the Banks County Sheriff's Office say that Scott was charged after a traffic stop on Interstate 85 near Atlanta.
A man and a woman each received multiple drug charges for possession of marijuana, LSD, hash and heroin after being pulled over by the Campbell Police Department. The traffic stop took place on Wilson Avenue while an officer conducted a routine patrol of the neighborhood. The officer said that he initiated the stop because the registration sticker on the license plate was not fully visible.
There were 34 members of the same Ohio family arrested regarding an alleged drug bust. Police reportedly also seized $400,000 in cocaine during the arrests.
If you are facing a minor drug charge, such as possession of controlled substances or drug paraphernalia, you may be wondering if you should just plead guilty and move on from the charge as quickly as possible. After all, these charges usually do not lead to jail time or probation.