Some people in Texas may have heard that there has been an increase in people taken into custody nationwide for charges related to marijuana vapes. On November 13 in Tucson, Arizona, four UPS employees and seven other people were detained on charges related to drug trafficking. Law enforcement allegedly also seized over 50,000 counterfeit THC vape pens.
Police began the investigation in 2017 when they became aware that narcotics were being trafficked with the help of UPS employees. There were two supervisors and two drivers detained. They are being charged with drug distribution, drug possession and money laundering. The seven others are facing charges for running stash houses for the drugs and for shipping the drugs.
Law enforcement said that the employees had knowledge of UPS infrastructure that allowed them to traffic the drugs without being detected by the company itself or by authorities. According to law enforcement, $10,000 and a number of vehicles, including Ford trucks, Range Rovers and Corvettes, were also confiscated.
People who are facing drug-related charges, whether they are for trafficking, possession, manufacture or other charges, may want to consult an attorney. In addition to serious penalties, a drug conviction can also affect a person’s access to education, housing and some careers. People should not assume that because they are facing relatively minor drug charges that there is little to worry about. An attorney may use different strategies depending on the specifics of the situation. For example, in some cases, an attorney might look into whether any searches carried out were legal or if the person’s rights were observed in other ways. Evidence or the case could be dismissed if the person’s rights were violated. Another option could be a plea bargain. This allows a person to plead guilty in exchange for a less severe sentence.