The black market drug industry is apparently doing well across the nation, including in North Carolina where several defendants have been rounded up in a significant drug sweep. Not all accused have been apprehended as yet, but most have already been arrested and processed in the Operation Carving drug sting. They are accused of a wide range of drug crimes and criminal activity. Prosecutors in the Robeson community can now sort through the cases and make decisions on bail and potential penalties based on material evidence, which can often be questionable in roundup scenarios.
Roundup criminal cases can be problematic for prosecutors because they often do not catch the targeted individual with any physical drugs in their possession. Many times these drug charges are filed based on supplied testimony by third parties who are not necessarily credible or based on someone wearing a wire in making drug purchases. While 32 suspects have been rounded up so far with 9 suspects left to be apprehended, each case must be tried independently. When testimony wavers among cases, charges can be reasonably doubted.
Another common issue with criminal drug cases is obtaining evidence according to legal protocol, which includes executing a search warrant. Search warrants must indicate exactly what the police officers are looking for, and the names and identification of the suspects must be correct as well. Minor inconsistencies cam matter significantly, including being grounds for case dismissal.
Many times cases can be impacted on a wholesale basis even when they are tried individually when the informant is not a designated police officer. Even when the defendant is caught in possession of drugs for resale, cases can be amended to possession or even dismissed when there are arrest improprieties.