On Wednesday, several law enforcement agencies raided at least two homes in Gwinnett County. The raids targeted a Mexican-based organization that police say traffics in drugs.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution has the story.
The DEA spearheaded the raids which resulted in dozens of arrests and an undisclosed sum of drugs and money. The organization which agents targeted, La Familia Michoacana, has been described by police as being an extremely violent drug trafficking organization. In addition to the DEA, agents from the GBI, Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office also took an active role.
Our criminal defense attorneys have successfully defended many clients charged with drug offenses after police discovered drugs in a home. In our experience, there is almost always a question of whether a search was lawfully conducted any time drugs are found by law enforcement. To challenge the search and seizure of contraband in a private home, a criminal defense attorney must generally be able to argue that the warrant which authorized the search (if there was one) was not supported by probable cause, that police exceeded the scope of the warrant or that the warrant was somehow defective on its face. A good criminal defense attorney will do this by reviewing every aspect of the police investigation including police interviews, witness and informant statements and any electronic monitoring such as video surveillance or wire taps.
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