An initiative called Take Back North Carolina has resulted in 18 people being taken into custody. The defendants are facing both state and federal charges.

A number of law enforcement agencies participated in the operation including the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Marshal Service. Other participants were the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and a number of local police and sheriff’s departments including the Greenville Police Department, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and several others.

The defendants range in age from 20 to 48. Among the charges they are facing are possession with intent to distribute marijuana, felon in possession of a firearm, distribution of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.

People who are facing drug charges may want to consult a Charlotte, North Carolina drug charges defense lawyer. Even charges that are merely for possession may result in severe penalties, and a drug conviction could also affect a person’s ability to pursue specific careers or get financial aid for college. There may be several strategies an attorney could use to get the charges dismissed, to get a plea bargain or to fight the charges in a trial. For example, if police did not observe a person’s rights while being taken into custody, the case could be dismissed. A plea bargain involves the person waiving a trial and pleading guilty. Usually, this is to lesser charges and results in a lighter sentence. Finally, a person might want to plead not guilty and go to court.

Source: WCTI, “Federal drug, crime operation leads to 18 arrests, four from Greenville,” Jason O. Boyd, 6/21/2018