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August 2014 Archives

Better understanding drug trafficking charges

Illegal drugs are prevalent in California. As a result, law enforcement is often on the lookout for drug traffickers and drug distributors. But those who find themselves in custody facing federal drug offense allegations may ask themselves what constitutes drug trafficking.

What is embezzlement?

Many Californians know that embezzlement is a serious crime, but are a bit fuzzy on what, exactly, it entails. Embezzlement is theft of money or property by an individual who has been entrusted to watch over them. This is why embezzlement often arises in an employment context, where employees are accused of stealing money from the business. For example, a bank teller is trusted to handle the bank's money and to ensure accounts are credited and debited accurately. If a bank teller starts pocketing money and falsifying account records in an attempt to hide his or her tracks, then embezzlement has occurred.

Fresno men face federal drug crime charges, serious penalties

Two Fresno men were recently taken into custody for alleged federal drug crimes. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the two men conspired to sell methamphetamine to confidential sources at a price of $1,000 per pound. Authorities allege a purchase was arranged and, when the accused individuals arrived with five pounds of methamphetamine, they were arrested. The men now face federal charges for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute.

UPS worker charged for alleged federal gun crimes

A Southern California UPS worker was recently taken into custody on numerous federal firearms offenses. Authorities allege the accused individual stole several shipments of guns intended for a Turner's Outdoorsman store located in Rancho Cucamonga. In total, authorities believe the 36-year-old suspect stole 72 firearms, which were then allegedly given to a middleman to be sold on the black market. Both the former UPS driver and the alleged middleman face numerous charges, which include theft of firearms, receipt and possession of stolen firearms, and theft of goods in interstate commerce.