Posted on May 10, 2012 8:33am PDT
Birmingham drug charges were filed against 13 individuals, following a three-week sting operation conducted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Birmingham drug crime defense attorneys know that under Alabama Code 13A-12-231, the penalties for trafficking in drugs in Alabama are severe. What that statute says is that anyone who knowingly sells or makes or delivers more than a certain amount of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs can be found guilty of a felony.
Depending on the amount of the drug, prison terms can range anywhere from three years behind bars all the way up to life in prison, and fines can range from $25,000 all the way up to a quarter of a million dollars.
These, of course, would be severe cases, and a lot depends on your prior criminal record, as well as the type of drug and your intentions with it.
An experienced Birmingham drug crimes attorney can attack a prosecutor's case in a number of ways. In a situation like this, sting operations have to be conducted according to very strict protocol. One slip-up, and their case may be shot - or at least certain evidence may not be allowed into court.
Additionally, many times a drug trafficking charge can be reduced if the individual - through plea negotiations with his or her attorney - agrees to cooperate with prosecutors and law enforcement in netting the bigger fish, that is, the individuals actually responsible for the supply. This is not always an option, but it's something your Birmingham drug crimes defense attorney may consider. However, it's important to note that you should agree to nothing proposed by law enforcement until you've had a chance to confer with your lawyer. In fact, don't even give the police any sort of a statement until then.
In this case, according to The Birmingham News, sheriff's deputies were set on targeting lower-level drug dealers. They honed in on six locations, identified as drug houses, and shut them all down.
They first obtained search warrants for each of the homes. It's not clear at this point what evidence was used to obtain those warrants - and that may be an issue that will be subject to intense scrutiny by defense attorneys at some point.
At one home on Monroe Drive, deputies reportedly found marijuana, cocaine, guns, drug paraphernalia and more than $15,000 in cash. They arrested two individuals there on possession charges.
Another home on 46th Place North resulted in the seizure of handguns, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Two men were arrested there on possession charges.
On java Avenue, they found marijuana and arrested a man there for possession.
On Belgium Avenue, investigators reportedly found drug paraphernalia, cocaine, marijuana, three guns and about $500 cash. One was charged with possession and another with a prior failure to appear in court.
On Ninth Avenue West, deputies arrested five people on possession charges, after finding cocaine, marijuana drug paraphernalia and one gun.
Do Not Plead Guilty. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a drug crime in Birmingham or in any of the surrounding areas, contact Eversole Law Offices for a free initial consultation. Call 866-831-5292.