Many people can end up caught up in large, multi-state operations intended to diffuse large drug trafficking operations. Many are accused of relatively minor crimes, but association with an alleged drug ring can lead them to face serious legal issues.

Since mid-September of this year, 32 people or more have been arrested and charged in connection to an alleged heroin and fentanyl distribution ring. According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the group was shipping supplies in connection with the ring from Miami. Law enforcement officer said they have recovered eight firearms, $55,000, heroin, fentanyl,  cocaine and other evidence in a series of arrests and searches.

Long lists of charges

Many arrested in connection with this distribution ring were charged with conspiracy to possess heroin, conspiracy to possess cocaine, solicitation to sell cocaine or heroin, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, conspiracy to traffic heroin, among other charges. Some are now being held on $180,000 bond or held without bond due to their alleged connections with the distribution ring.

The charge of selling, purchasing, manufacturing, delivering, or possession of 28 grams or more of cocaine, but less than 200 grams, carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of three years. Even alleged conspiracy charges can carry a charge of felony of the first degree. Those convicted on these charges can face the same charges as they might for charges that they actually committed distribution, sale, manufacture, delivery, or actual or constructive possession of cocaine or heroin.

Everyone deserves a defense

Everyone accused of a crime deserves a defense. Because being charged with a relatively minor crime can lead to serious imprisonment and fines if accused of dealing in a large distribution ring, it is important to contact an experienced attorney if accused of a minor drug charge.