Drug and Prostitution Busts
Police departments regularly do sting operations in order to catch individuals engaged in illegal activities. Police officers will regularly pose as prostitutes to entice individuals to commit unlawful behavior. Police officers will create a fake ad on a site such as backpages.com or craigslist.com advertising prostitution. When an agreed upon place and time are met, the unsuspecting individual shows up for a good time but instead ends up being charged with sexual solicitation. As unfair as it may seem to some that police officers can set up these types of sting operations, they are legal and are a favorite tool used by many police departments in Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, and the rest of the Wasatch Front.
Salt Lake “Drug-Buy” Bust
Another common type of sting operation in addition to prostitution stings are drug busts. Police officers will pose as drug dealers and sell marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other types of drugs to unsuspecting individuals. They may offer drug paraphernalia as well. 12 people found out yesterday the hard way about drug busts. Last night and into the early hours of this morning, the Salt Lake Police Department performed several “drug-buy” operations where the officers posed as dealers and sold crack or marijuana to individuals. Once the transaction was complete, the drug buyers were arrested.
The “drug-buy” operation was performed over several hours with multiple buys occurring. The bust resulted in one misdemeanor arrest and eleven felony arrests. The individuals arrested could face jail or prison time and thousands of dollars in fines. Hopefully they immediately called a Utah criminal defense lawyer to protect them from further incriminating themselves. Too often people arrested for drugs or similar offenses make their situation worse by talking to police. Anyone arrested for a drug crime should tell police they won’t talk unless represented by a Utah criminal defense lawyer.
Drug Possession Charges Require a Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for drug possession (spice, marijuana, cocaine, meth, etc.) call a Utah criminal defense lawyer from Salcido Law Firm. A Salcido Law Firm attorney will fight hard to protect your rights and keep you from making your situation worse by saying anything damaging to police. Call 801.413.1753 to speak with a SLF Utah criminal defense lawyer today. Consultations are free and will help put your mind at ease.