Those who are in a position of authority within the community have the responsibility to act accordingly and demonstrate the behavior they would wish their fellow citizens to show. However, this can sometimes cause the general public to put public servants such as police officers, firefighters or government officials, and forget that they too are human. When these citizens end up being brought up on criminal charges, news media outlets often run with the stories, seemingly forgetting that all defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
In one such case in North Carolina, 13 police officers have been arrested and charged after being accused of involvement in a drug conspiracy. The arrests were reportedly part of an undercover investigation spanning almost two years. The investigation began after a North Carolina sheriff's office received a tip.
According to the prosecutors on the case, the investigation uncovered that the officers were allegedly involved in a drug trafficking operation that was attempting to ship heroin and cocaine from North Carolina to various states on the East Coast. Fifteen people in total were accused of being involved with the operation. These included officers from several areas, Northampton County deputies and four corrections officers. They face myriad charges ranging from conspiracy to distribute, money laundering, bribery and carrying and using firearms in relation to drug trafficking.
Being accused of a crime can cause serious damage to your reputation in the community even before your case is brought to trial. Regardless of the circumstances, it's important to have a criminal defense attorney who understands the laws governing your charges and knows how to navigate the courts.
Source: The News & Observer, "Eastern NC law enforcement officers face drug-trafficking charges," Anne Blythe, April. 30, 2015