"These sting operations have used tremendous public resources to investigate and prosecute a large number of principally minority individuals for fictitious crimes," wrote the 7th Circuit's chief U.S. district court judge in a 73-page ruling.
In a highly unusual move, a nine-judge panel of district judges from around the 7th Circuit is hearing arguments on whether certain drug sting operations run since the 90s by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were racially discriminatory.
Drug abuse has ruined a lot of lives in Wisconsin. Because of its dangers, illegal substances are being controlled and prohibited by the state's law enforcement system. In Milwaukee, authorities are exerting their utmost efforts to arrest and prosecute people who are allegedly involved with drug trafficking and manufacturing. These offenses may include drug distribution, drug possession and being involved with conspiracy linked with illegal drugs.
Sometimes law enforcement authorities work secretly with federal agencies in order to charge Wisconsin residents with drug crimes. These investigations can last for years while the police try to get as much evidence as they can for a possible conviction. But even if numerous law enforcement agencies work together, there can still be serious flaws in the way an investigation or an arrest is conducted. To protect the rights of the accused, a strong criminal defense will work to find those flaws and seek a significant reduction of charges.