Massachusetts police recently announced that they had arrested seven individuals in connection with an alleged drug trafficking ring. They leveled various drug charges against the individuals, in addition to several weapons offense violations. In cases like this, accused individuals must often decide whether to fight the charges made against them, or to attempt to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors that could potential result in a more favorable outcome for them.

According to authorities, this specific operation apparently focused on transporting hundreds of pounds of marijuana across the nation. That estimated amount of marijuana was allegedly trafficked over the past year alone. A Massachusetts District Attorney in Middlesex was the one to announce the multiple arrests associated with the police investigation into the alleged ring. Prosecutors arraigned the individuals in Malden District Court later that same day.

Before the arrests, police officials conducted a series of searches at various locations, after having attained multiple search warrants. At least seven addresses were searched, and police claimed to have recovered a significant amount of marijuana, along with handguns and other items associated with the drug trade. Reports indicate that none of the individuals who were arrested possessed valid licenses allowing them to carry firearms.

In the wake of these serious drug charges, each accused individual now faces the decision of whether to negotiate with authorities or mount a criminal defense against the allegations. While every person is presumed innocent until and only if authorities prove their guilt in court, some individuals may decide that a plea agreement is more appropriate. This is a decision that accused individuals must make based upon the unique circumstances of their own cases.

Source: Wicked Local Malden, “Seven Malden residen ts arrested on drug and gun charges,” Nathan Lamb, March 28, 2013