Many people argue that electronic wiretapping devices are means of privacy invasion if used to gather evidence to bring charges against one or more parties. This may be a central focus of an ongoing situation in New York where wiretaps were used in a drug investigation. In the end, 21 people were indicted and 11 of them were arrested on Dec. 20 and are now facing drug charges.
Ages of those accused range from 24 to 52. Investigators reportedly used electronic wiretaps over the span of a year to record conversations of the defendants. The Bronx County District Attorney's office combined efforts with local police as well as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security. The defendants are accused of participating in a major drug trafficking operation in the area.
Officials claim the defendants' alleged illegal drug activities extended beyond their immediate locale and into other states. Investigators say they seized $20,000 in cash in addition to several firearms and at least 10 kilos of heroin during a search. Cocaine and crack cocaine were also supposedly found at a particular premises.
Facing drug charges in New York is definitely no small matter but by no means automatically leads to conviction. Many defendants successfully overcome charges by allowing experienced and aggressive criminal law attorneys to represent them in court. An experienced attorney understands there may be many loopholes in a particular case prosecutors may be pursuing in a quest for conviction; an attorney can challenge any evidence believed to have been gained through means that violated a defendant's personal rights.
Source: Mount Vernon, NY Patch, "2 Hudson Valley Men Among 21 Indicted In Metro Drug Ring Bust", Lanning Taliaferro, Jan. 2, 2018