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Being suspected of a crime is a serious matter and should be treated as such. When a person is charged with a crime, the focus often remains on the potential penalties he or she might face. A defendant might also contend his or her innocence. However, it might be unclear at this time exactly how this could be proven. It is an emotional and overwhelming time. Thus, it is important to be aware of the situation and what rights and options are available to an accused offender.

According to recent reports, authorities in Virginia indicted 50 individuals following a 16-month undercover drug investigation. The undercover investigation took place in Virginia's Eastern Shore and was called Operation Firecracker. The task force was made up of the combined efforts of the Eastern Drug Shore Task Force, Accomack, Northampton County Sheriff's Offices and the Virginia State Police.

Based on preliminary reports, authorities arrested these 50 individuals for drug-related charges. These defendants face charges that include distribution of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs. While this operation resulted in a large number of suspects being arrested and charged, authorities claim that they are still on the lookout for three suspects connected to this undercover drug investigation.

Following such charges, defendants should understand that all the evidence collected in the matter is not always valid and usable in the court of law. Law enforcement is required to follow certain standards when searching and seizing suspects and evidence. If there was an unlawful arrest or search, it is possible to use that information to suppress evidence. This could ultimately result in reduced or dismissed charges, helping a defendant avoid serious and harsh penalties.

Source: Wtop.com, "Drug investigation results in 50 indictments in Virginia," July 26, 2017

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