On June 19, federal, state and local authorities in California conducted an undercover drug raid called "Operation Red Reaper," which broke up a large drug distribution network that was allegedly run by violent street and prison gangs. The raid, which resulted in the arrest of 54 people, was the culmination of a 10-month investigation.
The drug possession convictions of five California prison inmates who had their sentences extended after marijuana was found in their cells have been overturned. The ruling, which was made by the Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District in Sacramento, was released on June 11. The Attorney General's Office has not yet announced whether it plans to appeal the decision to the California Supreme Court.
On June 7, it was reported that a former California attorney pleaded guilty to wire fraud after he falsely represented to his clients that the legal resolutions he obtained for them were favorable. The 36-year-old attorney faxes a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the wire fraud charge.
When law enforcement in California initiates a traffic stop for any reason, the officer will check for signs of violations when investigating. This is true even if the stop was unrelated to suspected driving under the influence. If there are signs or evidence of a driver who is intoxicated, it will likely lead to an arrest. One reason for an arrest to be made is if there is an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.