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51 counts levied against 20 defendants in federal drug case

Minnesota residents who are arrested and charged with drug-related crimes know that the potential penalties they face if convicted can be severe. When those charges are for federal crimes, the concerns may well be even greater. However, it is always important to remember that an accusation is not a conviction and the defense process is important and valid. 

Today, there are several midwesterners who need to be remembering that very fact after they have been indicted on a total of 51 federal criminal charges. These charges include money laundering, conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Also included is the use of a facility to communicate in a felony drug crime. There are a total of 20 people facing these charges though the two who are accused of spearheading the alleged operations are from Ohio and are 36 and 37 years old.

Multiple agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration are said to have been involved in tracking these people for a period of six years. The defendants are from Ohio and also from New York and Chicago. Reports suggest that they are accused of having connections to a particular drug cartel from Mexico. Fentanyl, cocaine and heroin have been apprehended along with large sums of cash and some weapons.


Clearly charges like the ones these defendants face are serious. Anyone in such a situation may wish to reach out to an experienced attorney who knows how to handle federal charges.


Source:, "Twenty charged in multi-state drug ring that brought heroin, fentanyl, cocaine to Cleveland," Eric Heisig, Oct. 12, 2016

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