Just days after his father was arrested for alleged drug trafficking, his teenage son was also arrested. The two men are both from Salisbury.
According to law enforcement, an investigation involving multiple federal, state and local agencies uncovered evidence that the elder man, reported to be a gang affiliate, had been selling the powerful opioid fentanyl in Maryland and nearby states.
The 37-year-old man was arrested on Dec. 15. The investigation that led authorities to him began in the fall of last year. Investigators say they recovered over 442 grams of fentanyl, 86 grams of marijuana and tools and equipment used in processing and packaging illegal substances. They also took documents, phones and a smart television they believe contain evidence of the man's drug operation.
Just five days later, Maryland State Police (MSP) investigators arrested the man's son. He has been charged with several misdemeanor and felony counts involving drugs and reckless endangerment as well as maintaining a criminal nuisance. Members of the MSP's Heroin Investigative Unit say that they recovered over 16 pounds of marijuana, several weapons and evidence that he too was involved in opioid trafficking.
Drug trafficking crimes are taken particularly seriously by all levels of law enforcement. Members of several federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Attorney's Office, have been involved in this investigation, which has been centered in Wicomico County.
When multiple people are facing charges involving a reported drug trafficking operation, it's essential that each case is considered separately and that no one is wrongly convicted of crimes they didn't commit. That's why all defendants should have their own criminal defense attorney to protect their rights and present their case.
Source: delmarvanow.com, "Son of accused fentanyl dealer faces felony drug charges," Rose Velazquez, Dec. 21, 2017