US Authorities: Over 100 People Charged with Drug and Gun Crimes in 3 States

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Fatal Fentanyl Drug overdoses on the rise in the US (Photo, CBS News)


Indictments from the Justice Department in Georgia, West Virginia, and New York arrives as federal officials struggle to fight a rising tide in violent crime, especially involving firearms. The Biden regime has tried to showcase federal, state, and local efforts to get guns and eliminate shooters off the roads.

Jermaine Deans said that SWAT teams and agents were sent by the FBI from Atlanta, South Carolina, and Florida to assist and round up more than 30 suspects in coastal Brunswick and encompassing Georgia communities. The assistant agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta office said one man who escaped was charged with 122 grams of fentanyl.

FBI agents and Federal prosecutors were focused in Southern Georgia, where an indictment was uncovered charging 76 people with involvement in what officers called a gang-related network that distributed illegal drugs like methamphetamine, fentanyl, and the like. Authorities named it the largest indictment in the 43-county Southern District of Georgia ever filed.

Dozens that are charged in Georgia included a prison guard indicted of assisting with drug dealing among prisoners and two men charged with selling illegal drugs (fentanyl and methamphetamine), which resulted in three overdose casualties.

According to court files, the operation involved the trading of firearms and drugs. Federal prosecutors in West Virginia declared the accusation of 34 people from two Baltimore-based groups related to the sale of fentanyl, heroin, and other drugs that led to a spike in overdoses, including at least two casualties.

Firearms have been at the center of the discussion as the nation grapples with killings that raised nationally in 2020 and as existing polls indicated that Americans are increasingly concerned about crime.

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The boost that started in 2020 has defied easy justification. Experts point to several possible factors: the pandemic that has killed more than 1 million people in the U.S., gun violence, economic crisis, high inflation rates, and severe anxiety.

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act which President Biden signed into law last June. It is said it was one of the first prosecutions brought under the Act.

The law authorizes prosecutors to charge gun traffickers as a standalone federal crime without having to show that a defendant was in the industry of selling guns. The law also provides for greater penalties, with defendants facing up to 50 years in prison as resisted to a maximum of 10 years under additional limitations.


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