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Federal drug charge: Police lieutenant faces drug allegations

A police lieutenant has been arrested and charged with federal drug crimes in New Jersey. The drug charge relates to him being involved in a conspiracy to traffic cocaine. He has further been accused of creating a plan to assassinate members of a rival drug crime ring.

According to federal authorities, the man was taken into custody on a recent Tuesday morning. Authorities allege that the man goes by the underground nickname of The Milk Man among his co-conspirators. They say that he used his position as a police officer to assist a cocaine trafficking ring in carrying out its illegal activities.

The federal criminal complaint alleges that the man helped devise a plan to disguise two assassins as police officers. The assassins were to be paid $150,000 for each rival drug gang member they killed. Allegedly, they never followed through with the plot, although prosecutors claim that the police lieutenant was paid to arrange the meetings.

Other charges have also been brought against the officer, including buying firearms for drug ring members and organizing drugs to be smuggled overseas. The various charges are exceedingly serious, and the man could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison -- if convicted. Therefore, it will be important for him to present the most compelling legal defense possible.

Legal defenses are typically organized according to the facts and evidence to be presented against the accused, in addition to the potential punishments associated with the various crimes alleged. If the evidence is particularly strong against an individual, for example, a New Jersey resident might seek to enter into a plea agreement that involves pleading guilty to a drug charge that comes with a lessor punishment in order to get a more serious charge dropped. In the best of outcomes, successful challenges to the evidence offered by prosecutors may lead to all or some of the charges being dropped completely.

Source: nj.com, "Florida cop charged in scheme to distribute cocaine in New Jersey", , April 9, 2014

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