I’ve handled a lot of cases involving the detectives in the San Fernando Valley who are involved with narcotics arrests. There’s a special unit that handles narcotics in the San Fernando Valley and they make a lot of arrests. What these guys are doing is arresting people and then they try to get those people to give them information about other drug activities.
That’s how they get a lot of their cases. They catch somebody and then they say listen, if you don’t tell us where you got these drugs from or where we can catch people selling drugs, we’re going to take you, we’re going to take your kids away, we’re going to put you in prison – they threaten them and get them to give information about where they got their drugs. Now they go and sit on that house. They do surveillance. They gather whatever information they can. They get a search warrant and go in and search the house to try to find something. Then they do it all over again – threatening people to try to get them to give them information.
In my experience, having dealt with narcotic cases in the San Fernando Valley for twenty-five years – seeing how these detectives handle cases – they’re pretty sloppy. They’re lazy and a lot of times they’ll arrest somebody. They’ll charge them with sales or possession for sales and then you go to court and they don’t even file the case either because they’re lazy, they want that person to cooperate. The detectives go to the prosecutors and the prosecutors look at the drug case and say, no we’re not going to file this case. You guys didn’t do a good job. You didn’t check out certain leads. So, they make them go and check out certain leads before they file the case.
A lot of times you’ll go to court and the case will either be continued for a couple of weeks so they can do their follow-up investigation – one would ask why don’t they just do the investigation in the first place and take care of business? But again, they’re lazy. They would probably say they’re overworked but they’re not. It’s not that difficult, especially when somebody bails out and you have a month to get the case together and you still can’t do it. So, that’s a little frustrating because people post bail and they make them come back again. If they come back again and the case is not filed, then they have them exonerate the bail in the court. That’s great, but the problem is, two, three, four months later when they file the case, they come and re-arrest you and make you post another bail.
If you have a narcotics case in the San Fernando Valley – and you’re dealing with these Valley detectives who are involved in vice and narcotics – you’ve got to get an attorney who knows their tricks. They illegally search people. They illegally stop people. They illegally arrest people. They lie about how they do things. I remember catching one of them in the San Fernando court making a lie about where they saw my client involved in an alleged drug transaction and the partner who was sitting in the car next to him, had him in a completely different location. So, it was obvious one of the two of them was lying. They don’t do things the right way. That’s the problem. They’re not professional. They don’t’ handle cases in the right way.
So, if you’ve got a criminal possession for sales or sales case in the San Fernando Valley – or anywhere in Los Angeles County for that matter – get an attorney who’s done this before. I have you come in. You tell me what happened so we have our game plan together and then I’ll have to see how these guys write the police report up and see what we can do to catch them in their lies. Now, more and more, we’re able to catch them because there’s video, body cam video, cars that are equipped with video. Even private citizens have video. So, with video combined with common sense combined with the good investigation, a lot of times we can challenge some of these illegal stops, illegal searches and illegal arrests.
The bottom line is you have to come in. We have to sit down and go over things. Be honest with me. Give me the straight dirt about what’s going on and then I can figure out how to best help you if you’re being prosecuted by the activities of the detectives in the narcotics unit of the San Fernando Valley.
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