California authorities reported that, after an investigation spanning several months, a man who was accused of selling and distributing cocaine throughout Sonoma County was taken into custody. The accused man was identified as a 24-year-old Santa Rosa resident who was believed to be using his home to store his supply of cocaine, which he then sold.
The Santa Rosa Police Department's narcotics unit reportedly began investigating the case in December 2016. During the months-long investigation, authorities said that they observed the man sell cocaine to numerous individuals. On April 27, detectives involved in the case obtained a search warrant for the residence. After serving the search warrant and searching the residence, the detectives said that they recovered a half kilo of cocaine, crack cocaine, Xanax, Psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA and packaging materials. Three loaded handguns were also seized. More firearms and ammunition were found under the man's bed. Authorities also found about $17,000 in cash.
The accused man was charged with possession for sales of cocaine, possession of narcotics while armed and possession of illegal firearms, in addition to other offenses. Both the man and his girlfriend were taken to Sonoma County Jail.
Drug trafficking charges can have serious legal consequences. In addition to years in prison, people who are facing them could also be required to pay expensive fines and court costs and be subject to years of supervised release. In some cases, they may even have trouble obtaining legitimate employment once they are released from prison. Because drug cases can be complex, people in this situation may find it advisable to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss possible strategies to refute the allegations.
Source: Sonoma Valley Patch, "Alleged Drug Kingpin, Girlfriend Arrested After Months-Long Investigation: Police", Mark Nero, April 28, 2017