13 arrested in wide-scale police sting

Drug rings, or groups of people working in the drug trade, are highly illegal and often lead to drug busts after months of investigation by law enforcement. They take the time to make several transactions to try to locate who is in charge and who may be others high in the pecking order of the group. Sometimes, innocent people do get caught in the crossfire, and if that person is you, you need to defend yourself from the moment of your arrest.

Many young people try drugs and even participate in selling some smaller quantities, but it's possible that someone who was just using drugs could be arrested and accused of selling them. Thirteen people have been arrested following a year-long drug investigation in Wisconsin, according to news from Dec. 16.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office stated that the operation was large, covering three counties: Crawford, Vernon and La Crosse. Informants and undercover officers participated in the investigation, making dozens of purchases of controlled substances such as opioid painkillers and crystal methamphetamine.

A search warrant was used at one residence, leading to the discovery of drug trafficking paraphernalia and methamphetamine. In total, the 13 people arrested included people between the ages of 19 and 53. The investigation is ongoing presently, and the officers have reported they may be making more arrests in the future.

It's important for you to know your rights during a drug bust; you don't have to say anything until you speak to your attorney. If you have questions or have been falsely accused, you should consider speaking with a legal professional.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, "13 arrested in year-long drug investigation in Vernon County," Bill Novak, Dec. 16, 2016

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