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Major crackdown in Maryland and Virginia results in 28 arrests

From the news we see these days, many people probably think that there is a nationwide crackdown on crime occurring throughout the country, especially drug-related crimes. Well, while it may be true that some leaders of state and federal agencies are doing everything they can to stamp out crime, gangs and drug rings, it is important to remember that anyone who is arrested in America has constitutional rights.

That is something that many people involved in a recent law enforcement operation need to bear in mind. According to a recent report, a law enforcement operation that involved coordination with police departments and agencies in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., recently resulted in the arrests of 28 people. The reports indicate that many of those arrested are suspected gang members, and many will face serious charges related to drugs and weapons.

The reports indicate that in the massive law enforcement effort - which reportedly involved more than 300 law enforcement officials - quite a few firearms were seized, as were quantities of illegal drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. This law enforcement effort was known as "Operation Tin Panda."

The individuals who were arrested in this recent operation likely face a range of misdemeanor and felony charges. Some will be able to post bond while they await trial, while others may not be able to do so and may instead consider options, such as plea bargains. In whatever approach these individuals choose, they should remember that their constitutional rights need to be respected by law enforcement officials and prosecutors alike.

Source: wtop.com, "28 from Md., Va., DC arrested on gun, drug charges," Rick Massimo, Dec. 6, 2017

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