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Undercover drug buys in North Bay lead to 5 arrests

An 11-month undercover operation culminated with the arrest of five suspects, two from Petaluma and three from San Rafael, who are accused of possessing and selling cocaine and methamphetamine. Multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the North and East Bay along with the California Highway Patrol participated in the investigation that began when the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force received tips about narcotics distribution in the county.

The drug sales allegedly took place in the Canal area of San Rafael, according to a lieutenant from the Marin County Sheriff's Department. The task force focused its efforts in that area and recorded 21 purchases of drugs by undercover agents. According to investigators, they collected 2 pounds of cocaine and 6 ounces of methamphetamine worth approximately $24,000.

The undercover buy program led investigators to target the five suspects and search their homes. After raiding two homes in Petaluma and two more in San Rafael, agents seized about 5 pounds of cocaine and 0.75 pounds of methamphetamine along with $16,000 in cash. Investigators anticipate arresting more people associated with the operation. Authorities charged the suspects with drug possession for the purpose of selling, transporting drugs and conspiracy.

A person accused of drug trafficking could go to prison if convicted. The services of a criminal defense attorney might help the person navigate the criminal justice system and possibly gain a better outcome. To defend the person, an attorney might question the validity of statements from informants. Any unlawful acts by law enforcement during a search and seizure could also aid the attorney in challenging the charges. These tactics might result in a dismissal.

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