On behalf of The Law Offices of Howard A. Snader, LLC posted in Drug Charges on Thursday, August 11, 2011

An alleged "crystal meth ring" has been broken up with the arrest of five Arizona men early this month. The individuals arrested, a 30-year-old Gooding resident, a 22-year-old man from Jerome, a 34-year-old from Wendell, a 28-year-old Phoenix resident and another 28-year-old from Mesa, all face serious charges including conspiracy and drug trafficking.

The arrests stem from a long-going undercover sting operation which resulted in the Sheriff's Department and the US Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force finding a pound of meth in the five-man group's vehicle. The Gooding resident had allegedly agreed to sell the drugs to an undercover officer, the organized meet being made at a parking lot near Interstate 84 in East Boise.

The street value of the drugs is estimated at around twenty thousand dollars US. The group has been booked into the Ada County Jail on the above listed charges. The five men face felony charges. Additional charges remain a possibility for the five men.

Many young men and women with few alternatives turn to drugs as a means of making money in this country, especially in job-starved locales like Arizona, and not all of them are aware of how stiff the penalties are or how tirelessly police officers and investigators will pursue convictions. The Jerome resident in particular may be going to prison at the age of 22, and he may not come out for more than a decade, simply because of a single incident.

Most people have made mistakes; most people have knowingly or unknowingly committed felonies. Whether turning to dealing and hustling to make ends meet, holding onto a little something for a friend or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the sad fact is that convictions look good on an investigator's record. These are professionals dedicated to not letting anyone slip through their fingers, but it is at least comforting to know that there are professionals who will work just as tirelessly to help those who have been accused of a crime.