Traffic stops are an abundant source of drug arrests in Arkansas and nationwide. Some criminal defense experts argue that not all of these stops are really for random traffic violations. They argue that, occasionally, the authorities may stop a driver based on drug suspicions and justify the stop by calling it a traffic violation. Criminal defense counsel will look carefully at the circumstances surrounding purported traffic stops to make sure that there was a legitimate reason to make the initial stop and to file ensuing charges for drug crimes.
There may be a growing bi-partisan appreciation in the U.S. Congress regarding the skewed system of criminal justice now existing in the country. The system works on a model that encourages mass incarcerations, teaches the imprisoned the values of hardened criminals, and then releases them into a society that refuses to give them jobs or any form of rehabilitative assistance. Meanwhile, a culture of law enforcement in Arkansas and other states still thrives on concepts like the "war on drugs," which demand arresting and imprisoning people on all forms of drug crimes.
Drug activity in the Arkansas County of Crawford has reportedly been a concern of the mayor of Mulberry for some time. Following meetings with authorities such as state and local police and the County Prosecutor, a plan was devised to take action against alleged drug crimes involving supposed dealers and users in the area. The enforcement team also included the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and a K9 unit.
When off-duty officers make arrests it may be indicative of an overzealous attitude on their part. Of course, in some instances it is necessary for officers to act to protect the public whether they are on duty or not. In a recent Arkansas arrest, there are not enough facts yet available to determine whether a drug crimes bust on Arkansas 80 in Waldron was an act of excessive authority or one of reasonable law enforcement protocol.
One of the most critical drug problems that authorities struggle with in Arkansas and elsewhere involves the distribution of highly addictive narcotic pills, such as Hydrocodone. These are prescription drugs that may be prescribed by a doctor for severe pain. Sometimes, however, those who start taking the pills innocently for pain become hopelessly addicted to the powerful narcotic.
Arkansas residents who have been arrested for possession of controlled substances such as methamphetamines, heroin, marijuana or cocaine may face potentially high fines and even some years in jail. Both possession and the intention of selling controlled substances could end up in a conviction that will have lasting consequences on an individual's life. However, any person who is accused of such offenses has the right to obtain representation to protect his or her legal rights.
The federal system of criminal justice is heavily involved in the so-called war against drugs. Federal drug crimes are widely enforced by federal officials in Arkansas and elsewhere to purportedly take in some of the more serious interstate drug activities, and generally to focus on the larger drug trafficking operations. It doesn't always work that way, and sometimes federal arrests deal with alleged illegal activities that would normally be state offenses.