Suspects reach plea deals in federal conspiracy charges
Federal investigations involving drugs often include a large number of people over a lengthy period of time. Some of the individuals involved may come from various parts of the United States. Many people can be charged in the same conspiracy case, even those who are possibly innocent, just because they are acquainted with a suspect.
For those facing conspiracy charges on drug manufacture and distribution in Portland, Oregon, a conviction is likely to result in a lengthy prison sentence. The penalties often depend on the drug involved, the amount being produced and the scale of the distribution. For some Oregon residents, this could be the case unless they have a solid legal defense strategy.
One group of Oregon and Idaho residents has the first-hand experience with this. These individuals are accused of a variety of drug-related crimes, including counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to produce, manufacture and distribute those controlled substances.
According to sources, six individuals are charged and two are considered key suspects. Court documents allege that the accused ringleaders of the drug conspiracy case were in business from 2011 to 2012. The company they were allegedly part of manufactures, markets and sells "spice" product lines branded as "Hayze." The government alleges that the products were intended to be smoked like marijuana. The company originated in Idaho but was later moved to Oregon.
The suspects are denying claims, citing that they are businessmen and not drug dealers. Their products are legal "smokables" that emit pleasing scents and can be used as tobacco alternatives. The suspects are trying to get the cases dismissed, claiming that as their products gained popularity, other people have been duplicating their products.
The individuals have reached undisclosed deals with the federal government, but one of the so-called ringleaders is still scheduled to go to trial next month. All others have reached plea agreements that dismiss them from the case. If convicted, a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail and fines of up to $100,000 may be imposed.
Federal conspiracy and drug charges are crimes that the government takes seriously. Those accused of such crimes need to build a strong legal defense immediately. This immediate and strong defense may prove valuable to defend the reputation and freedom of those suspected of federal crimes.