IllegalDrugs and Convictions
Afterthe task force successfully completed its undercover investigations,sufficient evidence was obtained. Various persons of interests werenoted. These persons are Jones, Smith, and Thompson. Jones has beenworking as the confidential informer for the task force. The taskforce already had evidence against him for drug possession, and,therefore, he had to cooperate and help gather evidence from theother two suspects. The fate of each suspect is discussed below.
Theevidence against Jone’s for the cocaine possession on February 6,2005, would be his third strike if he was charged. Under normalcircumstances, Jones would have had his case filed in the federalcourt. Under the federal law, he would have ben sentenced for aminimum of twenty years. However, Jones has been very helpful as aconfidential informer. He has managed to obtain substantial evidenceagainst bigger cocaine suppliers and distributors. His efforts willensure that this harmful drug will be removed from the streets ofSedgwick County. He should, therefore, have his case filed at theWichita Municipal Court. Here he would plead guilty for the minorpossession charge. The Drug Enforcement Agency would then speak onhis behalf at the court to ensure that he gets a light sentence. Forall his assistance to the task force, he should get twelve months ata secure drug treatment center. After his release, he should get sixmonths probation (Derobert, 1974).
Smithis a mid-level cocaine distributor. The task force undercover agents,through great difficulty, were introduced to Smith through theconnections of Jones. During the dates of July 12 and August 3 bothof the year 20005, he managed to sell cocaine twice to the undercoveragents. From the sworn testimonies of the undercover agents, theevidence aginst Smith is already enough. His case should, therefore,be filed at the Sedgwick County District Court for the State ofKansas. Once the undercover agent’s testimonies are read, a warrantof search and arrest would be granted to the task force. Through thismore physical evidence such as contraband or list of associates canbe obtained. Smith is guaranteed to serve a long time in jail forpossession and distribution of schedule one substance (Tedeschl,1972). Jones testimony would not be required as the undercoveragent’s testimonies would be sufficient.
Thompsonhas already been suspected as a major distributor of cocaine. This isevidenced by the testimonies of the undercover agents. They declaredthey witnessed large amounts of cash lying around, a lot of firearmsscattered all over the house and he stored a huge amount of cocaine.However, it does not seem that he distributes the cocaine locally. Itis clear that he does not trust any dealers around the community. Theagents were able to witness Thompson selling cocaine five times toJones between April and May 2006. The charges against Thompson shouldbe filed at the U.S. District Court. From here, a search and arrestwarrant can be obtained. All the stored cocaine and illegal firearmsthat would be found at his house will be sufficient to get him lockedup at a federal prison from between thirty years to life (Nadelmann,1989). Jones can be used as a confidential witness whereby he wouldtalk about the times he bought cocaine from Thompson to ascertain ofThompson’s charge on possession with the intent to distribute.Jones identity would be kept secret, and thus the jury would not haveto learn of his prior charges. Once Thompson sees the fate that isahead of him in a federal prison, he might be persuaded to give uphis supplier for a lesser charge.
Oncethese steps are followed, all the suspects would be convicted fortheir relevant charges. This would also help hinder the cocainebusiness in Sedgwick County. The cocaine supply to Kansas State mayalso be cut down by a very large percentage if the major supplierwould be named and arrested.
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