Statistics from the United States Sentencing Commission show that in fiscal year 2013 over 30 percent of all reported federal crimes were drug trafficking offenses and that roughly 96 percent of those facing these charges were ultimately sent to federal prison.
Decriminalization, legalization, sentence reductions -- these are just a few of the terms that you've probably heard used in conjunction with drugs and drug-related crimes over the course of the last decade.
On April 3, a video camera allegedly captured a white BMW 328i hitting a bicyclist and then driving away on Wiltshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Following the incident, a spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department released a statement claiming that the driver intentionally drove into the bicycle, pinning the bike and its rider up against a metal garbage bin. After the event, it is believed that the driver turned onto an alley between Almont Drive and Wetherly Drive. The man on the bicycle reportedly told police that he had an altercation with the driver earlier, during which the cyclist punched the driver in the face. The driver allegedly threatened to kill the other man and followed him into the alley before striking him. Police are attempting to locate and speak with the driver, who could be charged with attempted murder and hit and run following the reported road rage incident.
An Irvine, California, man was arrested in Huntington Beach for mortgage fraud. The mail fraud charges were contained in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury and unsealed after the arrest was made. The charges allege that the accused 48-year-old mortgage broker falsified information about employers, assets and income for straw buyers who claimed to be executives in the accused man's company.Using this technique, the indictment alleges that the accused man originated more than $5 million in residential mortgage loans. In many cases, the purported borrowers listed these residences as their primary homes. Foreclosures on these properties resulted in losses of more than $2 million. If convicted, the accused man could face 30 years in jail and more than $1 million in fines.
A man and his girlfriend were released from police custody after another man was charged with the theft of a luxury yacht. The three individuals were originally charged with the theft of the 82-foot yacht, but police were forced to release the couple after determining that there was no evidence to indicate that the boat was stolen.The luxury ship, which is valued at $2.8 million, was stolen from the pier at Sausalito Yacht Harbor, according to police. Authorities believe that the 63-year-old suspect broke into the yacht, found the keys and took off down the coast on a pleasure cruise with the other couple aboard. The suspect is being held on $1.01 million bail.
Unlike many other crimes, white collar crimes typically do not involve violence. White collar crimes generally involve financial theft.
While four people were arrested in relation to drug charges in Lancaster, one of the accused may be in even more trouble after he allegedly identified himself to officers using his brother's name rather than his own. The man could face a charge of providing false information to officers in addition to drug-related charges and theft charges.The 32-year-old man, who was identified by his fingerprints, was arrested along with two other men and one woman when deputies conducted a raid on a house suspected of harboring drug activity. Inside the residence, officers claim to have seized methamphetamine and stolen items including electronics. Authorities also allege that they uncovered evidence of check fraud along with identity theft. All four individuals were booked on charges of fraud, drug crimes and theft.
A Mission Viejo tattoo artist has been accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl and may be charged with molesting three others, authorities claim. There is no word on the 29-year-old man's planned criminal defense to these charges. He has been charged with felony lewd acts in connection with an alleged incident involving two young girls, although police have only charged him with crimes against one of the victims.The incident was brought to the attention of authorities when the parents of one girl allegedly found information that the man had contacted their daughter via Facebook. The police described the contact as "highly inappropriate" and claim that it included sexual references.
More than twenty years after being convicted and sentenced to death, a Hispanic man is finally breathing free air again after being granted appeal for the conviction for which he has always maintained innocence.