Several residents of North Carolina are facing drug charges in a huge raid performed by Lincoln County authorities. Officers involved in the raid were searching for 59 suspects, all of whom were wanted on drug charges. Although they didn't find everyone, officers managed to track down over three dozen people.
The drug raid, coined "Early Christmas," netted officers approximately 40 people, wanted on a variety of drug charges. Some of the accused were arrested before the sun even rose. Over 200 drug charges were listed among the 59 people wanted.
Some people were accused of selling heroin and others for selling prescriptions. Officers are still looking for some people involved in the retail business and accused of selling bath salts. All of the people arrested in the raid were brought in together. It appears this raid has been ongoing with officers purchasing drugs from the suspects for about a year.
A conviction on drug charges in North Carolina can net someone a hefty jail term. Fortunately, everyone picked up by authorities is considered to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. As such, they would do well to ensure they understand their legal rights and the repercussions that a conviction could bring. Just being charged can affect them detrimentally, but a conviction could actually completely disrupt their lives and ruin their chances of gaining meaningful employment in the future. These two reasons alone should encourage someone to mount a vigorous defense to protect their rights and get their lives back on track.
Source: wsoctv.com, "Lincoln Co. police arrest dozens in overnight drug raid," Nov. 28, 2012