California residents might have heard about the commutations that President Obama has been issuing for nonviolent drug offenders. The president issued 46 new commutations on July 13 for people who would have already served their sentences if they had have been convicted of the same drug charges today, according to the White House.
A drug house in the eastern part of San Diego County has been shut down by public health officials. Multiple people were apprehended on narcotics charges including possession of drug paraphernalia and controlled substances intended for sale. Police said the owner of the house will be charged with operating a drug house.
A 22-year-old California man was taken into police custody on June 5 after police executed a search warrant at his home in Coachella. During the search, officers and deputies from the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force seized more than one ounce of cocaine, an unknown amount of marijuana and $12,000 in cash.
According to sources, California law enforcement authorities have charged 14 people in connection with an alleged scheme to transport drugs thoughout the country by bypassing airport security in Oakland. Reportedly, the alleged conspiracy occurred over a three-year period and involved baggage handlers and drug couriers.
People in California who are charged with offenses involving cocaine may soon have their fingerprints tested rather than their saliva, blood or urine. A new technique for drug testing was recently developed by researchers in the Netherlands and Great Britain and described in the scientific journal Analyst.
The potential penalties differ in California for drug possession charges, depending on whether the person is charged with simple possession or possession with intent to sell. Possession of marijuana also have their own separate category of potential penalties than those for other drugs.
Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together to target a San Diego-area drug ring that forged stolen prescriptions for promethazine with codeine cough syrup. As a result of the operation, 20 individuals were taken into custody. Among the people detained during "Operation Purple Haze," 18 have reportedly pleaded guilty to charges that include prescription fraud and burglary.
A California doctor who was accused of distributing a number of controlled substances to those who did not have a legitimate medical reason for needing the drugs was indicted on 15 counts. For each count, the man is facing a prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of $1 million.
Two men in California were arrested by agents with the U.S. Border Patrol after canine units trained to recognize drugs allegedly detected methamphetamine inside their vehicle on Aug. 21. According to U.S. Customs and Border officials, the traffic stop occurred around 2 a.m. after the two men inside a 2008 Chrysler Sebring were referred to a secondary inspection located at a checkpoint in San Clemente. The vehicle was driven by a 33-year-old man from Mexico, and there was a 22-year-old male passenger onboard as well.
There is no shortage of examples in the media of arrests for drug crimes. In some cases, a person is arrested because they are seen by police allegedly dealing drugs. Sometimes they are arrested because they had been watched during a police investigation and now face drug possession charges. In other cases, people have been arrested because of tips or undercover investigations.