Investigations into alleged drug rings can span across the country and
also take a very long time to complete. One recent drug investigation
led to the arrest on
drug crimes of a number of individuals in Indiana. The investigation was called "Operation
Family Ties," and it went on for a period of a year.
It began as informants tipped off police, as did calls from inside a jail.
The police kept track of the communications of the man they dubbed the
leader of the drug ring. Police put a GPS on his vehicles to keep track
of his movements in addition to tracking his phone calls. He and 10 others
now face federal drug crimes.
Five houses were part of the search that came about from the investigation.
Police allege that they found over 13 pounds of cocaine, guns, marijuana
and vehicles that were confiscated. In addition to the group facing federal
charges, dozens of other people were arrested for visiting a common nuisance.
When there is a large-scale round-up of so many individuals related to
one alleged drug ring, it may be difficult to ascertain who may have played
a role in what activities, along with who may be charged with what alleged
crimes. The charges can range from federal drug crimes to the nuisance
charge some face in this case. Anyone in Indiana who becomes embroiled
in any kind of large-scale drug investigation may benefit from knowing
what role the prosecution may contend they played and what their rights
are under the law.