According to various reports, drug use and sales are at high levels in
Nevada. The U.S. Department of Justice points to several important issues
regarding drug use in the state, including unchecked borders with California
and Arizona, a growing crystal meth problem and a nightlife that contributes
to easy access to traditional club drugs. With these elements vexing law
enforcement, it is readily apparent that Nevada has a drug trafficking problem.
According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, "ice" methamphetamine
is the most significant drug threat to the Las Vegas and Reno region.
It is supplied through Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and other
cities in Mexico. While marijuana is the most widely available and abused
drug in Nevada, trafficking of cocaine is viewed as a greater threat since
Las Vegas is often used as a distribution center where wholesale quantities
are available to other traffickers in the region.
In 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported 211 drug arrests.
With the increased emphasis on curbing drug use and the violence between
competing cartels, the Department of Justice continues to vigorously prosecute
drug trafficking cases.
The government will obtain a conviction if it can prove beyond a reasonable
doubt that a defendant delivered (or attempted to deliver) a controlled
substance. A drug trafficking conviction can also be obtained by proving
possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute, based on the amount
of drugs discovered, the amount of cash, as well as weapons found on the
defendant during or soon after the arrest. In a number of cases, courts
have upheld drug trafficking convictions when police have found distribution
paraphernalia such as "baggies", receipt books and cigarette
wrapping paper in addition to controlled substances.
However, law enforcement must operate within the bounds of the Fourth Amendment
in making arrests and seizing evidence. If the police violate a defendant’s
civil rights in the course of finding drugs or making a drug-related arrest,
all evidence discovered after the fact may be ruled inadmissible as part
as an illegal search. If this occurs, the case may be dismissed. Any
experienced Reno drug attorney would know this.
In 2010 Interstate I-80 running from San Francisco to Chicago and running
through Reno, NV, was reported to have accounted for the highest number
of drug related arrests and stops in the nation. This indeed contributed
to the heightened efforts to hedge the trafficking business being run
If you are facing charges in Reno or Lake Tahoe, contact Joey Gilbert Law
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