Whenever there is a drug sweep that results in charges being filed against
a number of people, further investigation may lead the authorities to
file additional charges. In Indiana recently, well over a dozen people
were arrested regarding allegations of
drug crimes in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. Subsequently, the authorities then
filed more charges against a number of those people.
Twenty people were arrested initially.They were charged with selling a
type of synthetic marijuana at a number of gas stations in both Indiana
counties. Thereafter, eight of the people who were originally charged
were accused of additional crimes in St. Joseph County.
The authorities report that a search warrant produced some more evidence
to warrant those additional charges. Allegedly, packets of the drugs were
located in a total of five stores in one county. The number totaled close
to 1,000. It was reported that the synthetic drugs were located in storage
areas and also behind the counters in the stores that were searched.
When it comes to drug crimes in Indiana, the type and amount of drugs play
a significant role in the type of possible penalties that the accused
individuals may face. If there are any past drug convictions for any of
those charged with drug crimes in this case, they may face stiffer penalties
in Indiana if the case actually results in a conviction. Fortunately,
a criminal charge is not the equivalent of a conviction, and prosecutors
will first have to prove their case in court and according to the strict
requirements of our justice system. Anything less than that cannot result
in a criminal conviction.