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13 arrested in Brevard County drug investigation

Deputies from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office have been busy arresting suspects in what authorities describe as a violent drug trafficking organization in Florida. Months of investigation have resulted in the arrest of 13 suspects so far, and law enforcement plans to serve more warrants in the future.

A 46-year-old man from Melbourne, who resided on the 2000 block of Highland Avenue, marked the 13th person arrested. Authorities claimed that he played a role in the sale of 1 ounce of cocaine to a confidential police informant. Charges against him include racketeering, conspiracy to sell cocaine, delivering and selling methamphetamine and using a two-way communication device to set up illegal drug sales. He arranged for his release from the Brevard County Jail with a $100,000 bond.

The sheriff said that investigators had also taken into custody the alleged ringleader of the drug traffickers, a 35-year-old man from Palm Bay. Investigators accused him of organizing the distribution of cocaine and heroin throughout the county. He allegedly employed violence to intimidate rivals. All of the suspects arrested face various charges such as soliciting people to buy methamphetamine and conspiracy to sell cocaine and heroin.

A person caught up in a drug investigation has the right to legal representation. An attorney may provide advice about how to enter a plea after examining the drug charges and the evidence collected by investigators. These legal insights may allow a person to make an informed choice between going to trial or accepting a plea bargain. An attorney might negotiate with a prosecutor to arrange a plea deal that drops some charges and imposes a more lenient sentence.

Source: Florida Today, "Another arrest made in Brevard racketeering case", Eric Rogers, May 19, 2018

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