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Two arrests made in Redding narcotics raid

Agents assigned to a Northern California task force have been busy executing search warrants and making arrests in the month of June. An automotive chrome shop was raided by officers from the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force in early June, and the raid resulted in two arrests in addition to the confiscation of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

The businesshad been the focus of an investigation dating back to an drug possession arrest made last year. The owner of the shop was eventually convicted of operating a business as a front to sell methamphetamine and marijuana. The girlfriend of the owner took over the business as the agents conducted an investigation.

Sixth Amendment rights in criminal cases

Californians who are charged with crimes have the right to have speedy trials. This right is guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but it may be applied differently depending on the circumstances of a case as well as the reasons for any delays.

A speedy trial refers to the time period from the date of a person's arrest and when he or she must be brought to trial on the charges. When there is an unreasonable delay between the time of a person's arrest and his or her trial, the court will likely dismiss the case.

Tiger Woods' DUI arrest highlights prescription medication issues

Each year in California, over 200,000 people are arrested for driving under the influence. While many people think of DUI as driving drunk, these charges can even be related to medications prescribed by a doctor. On May 29 in Florida, 14-time champion golfer Tiger Woods was arrested and jailed for four hours on suspicion of a DUI.

Woods attributed the DUI arrest to a reaction to prescription medicine for pain following back surgery he underwent five weeks prior. He was arrested at around 3 a.m. and held in the Palm Beach County jail before being released on his own recognizance. Woods later issued a statement emphasizing that alcohol was not involved in his arrest.

Man detained for transportation of "synthetic heroin"

A 26-year-old California man has been detained on charges related to possession and transporting narcotics for sale. The man was taken into custody after undercover agents agreed to buy two kilos of what was allegedly synthetic heroin.

Agents pulled over the man's car while he was en route to Fresno. Since the agents did not know what the substance was that they found hidden in a secret compartment in his car, they donned HAZMAT suits for removal.

21 alleged gang members taken into custody

California authorities reportedly took 21 members of a notorious street gang called Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, into custody on May 17. Federal prosecutors also indicted 44 people, which included those 21 as well as others who were already in custody. The charges the individuals were facing ranged from extortion to murder.

MS-13 is notorious for being responsible for the murders of innocent bystanders and rival gang members in the Los Angeles area. The gang is also reportedly involved in drug dealing and extortion. Further, the gang made money operating underground clubs with prostitution. This crackdown was the largest action that has ever been taken against MS-13. The investigation began three years ago under former President Barack Obama. It was noted that the individuals' immigration statuses were not the focus of the investigations.

3 Things To Do If Your Teen Is Arrested

When you're a parent, you've inevitably heard the phrase "little kids, little problems; big kids, big problems." But you probably don't truly understand its meaning until you receive a phone call telling you that your child has been arrested.

It's almost unimaginable to fathom that your baby is facing criminal charges. How is that even possible? The questions running through your mind range from "will he have to go to jail" to "where did I go wrong?" The truth is that your child made a mistake, but unfortunately, that mistake could lead to very serious consequences.

Police say California man is responsible for 2004 killings

A 38-year-old California man taken into custody for allegedly murdering his brother has also been accused of killing a couple on a beach in August 2004. The man has pleaded not guilty in the charges related to his brother. Charges related to the couple's death have not yet been filed.

The couple, a 22-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, were shot to death near Jenner where they were camping. Both were still zipped into their sleeping bags. Police say they believe they were selected at random.

Suspects arrested for stabbing and assault incident

California residents may be interested to know that three individuals have been taken into custody for their part in a gang-related stabbing that occurred on Friday, April 21, 2017. According to a news release issued by the San Mateo Police Department, officers responding to a report of a physical altercation on the 500 block of North Delaware Street discovered the incident at around 10 p.m.

The victim of the stabbing and assault, a 17-year-old juvenile, was later contacted by officers. He was brought to the hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries. The victim was allegedly specifically targeted by up to eight male assailants. The attack has been deemed an isolated incident.

Civil rights groups unite to oppose law enforcement hacking

California residents are likely aware that several high-profile whistleblowers have come forward to expose massive surveillance programs operated by federal agencies such as the National Security Agency, but they may not know that about a technique being used by government agents known as law enforcement hacking. The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures, and civil rights advocates claim that law enforcement hacking violates these rights by allowing federal agents to monitor the online activities of thousands of U.S. citizens after obtaining just one search warrant.

A 2016 example of law enforcement hacking involved a website suspected of hosting and distributing child pornography. Federal agents seized the website, but, rather than shutting it down, they chose to keep it running. They then obtained a search warrant that allowed them to install malware on the computers of internet users who accessed the site. This government malware was subsequently used to track the online activities of about 9,000 people in more than 100 countries.

2 sentenced to life for gang shootout death

On April 14, two California gang members were sentenced to life in prison after a sheriff's department civilian employee was killed by a stray bullet during a gang shootout. The two men, ages 24 and 29, were convicted of first-degree murder in April 2016.

According to the report, the law enforcement technician, aged 49, was shot and killed on Christmas Day in 2012 after a gang shootout began while he was walking a friend to his vehicle. The incident took place at the intersection of Wyoming Street and Newport Avenue in Pasadena. The man's widow testified that she thought that fireworks had gone off only to find her husband on the ground.

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