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Three charged with dealing in cocaine

Drug charges come in several forms, depending upon the type of drugs involved, the amount of the drugs and other factors. While drug possession charges can be serious when they involve marijuana, the penalties are worse when the drug in question is heroin or another drug that state and federal laws classify as more dangerous. More serious than possession are charges of drug trafficking.

Three men were arrested and face trafficking and other drug charges after what police described as an undercover sting operation in the Tampa area. According to reports, a law enforcement agent arranged to meet with a man for a cocaine deal. He met with two men at a car, where they handed over a backpack containing more than two pounds of cocaine. The two were arrested on the spot. Police said the car was registered to a third man, a Tampa-area attorney, whom they arrested and charged as part of an alleged drug trafficking operation.

When reading media reports about a drug arrest such as this one, we sometimes forget that everyone who is accused of a crime has the right to a defense. Media reports are typically based on the reports of police. Often there is a lot more to the story.

If you have been accused of drug crimes, you have the right to a defense. A skilled attorney can help you understand the charges against you and your legal options for defending yourself against them. Sometimes this means breaking down the prosecution's case against you, so as to limit the damages these charges can do to your freedom and your future.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Tampa lawyer arrested on cocaine trafficking charges during undercover sting," Jan. 16, 2018

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