Alleged drug trafficking ring busted in Polk County, Oregon

Oregon's laws impose heavy sentences on those found guilty of the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs. The state is known to prosecute drug charges more vigorously than any other type of criminal charge.

It's been a busy fall and winter season so far for local authorities. Just recently, Oregon police charged three individuals with the delivery of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. Before that, a transport vehicle carrying drugs was stopped en route to Polk County early December 2012. And most recently, in Polk County, local investigators and state police arrested 15 alleged members of an elaborate methamphetamine operation.

According to reports, the drug bust caps a seven-month investigation into drug houses in the area that was launched back in July 2012. Authorities claim they seized significant amounts of pure methamphetamine and heroin worth about $139,000. Firearms, vehicles, and computers allegedly used in the drug-trafficking operation were also seized. Assorted racketeering, conspiracy and heroin and meth charges were filed against all 15 accused. Bail amounts ranged from $40,000 to $6.7 million.

In Oregon, even minor drug possession offenses are treated as serious criminal offenses. There are no first-time exemptions when it comes to drug charges because state laws do not distinguish between simple possession and a repeat offender. A drug charge can result in a permanent mark on a person's record that could affect the person for the rest of his or her life.

People accused of drug-related crimes should consult with a trustworthy legal professional who can help provide legal advice and representation. An attorney experienced in handling drug charges can provide defendants with information on their rights, ways to lower penalties and sentences and protect their rights.

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