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'New Resolution' drug crackdown leads to 251 arrests in Acadiana

From time to time in the Lafayette area, law enforcement officials will collaborate and execute a sweep, or series of sweeps, aimed at getting drugs off the streets. As a result, a wide-scale crackdown will take place, netting dozens of arrests and attracting media attention. This is what happened recently, as officials in six parishes collaborated over a three-day period last month and arrested more than 250 people, seizing nearly $100,000 worth of drugs in the process.

Officials say that small-scale drug offenses may ennoble people to embark on more serious violations of criminal law. They were encouraged by two previous operations that focused exclusively on Lafayette Parish -- one in the spring and one in the fall. This time, at least 15 different agencies from multiple jurisdictions participated. More than one-third of the arrests in the most recent crackdown took place in Lafayette Parish.

While many people in our area may be facing criminal charges over narcotics offenses, that does not mean that they will ultimately be convicted. In what can be a chaotic period -- in this case, a three-day period nicknamed "A New Resolution" -- mistakes may be made. Identities can be mixed up, warrants might have been resolved, and some people simply might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Whatever the case, all of the people who were arrested and charged have the right to defend themselves against the charges. An experienced Lafayette criminal defense attorney can be a good resource for people who find themselves in this position.

Source: The Advocate, "Drug crackdown in Acadiana nets 251 arrests," Richard Burgess, Jan. 23, 2014

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