As you might guess, the San Fernando Valley actually has a lot of drug crimes that are investigated by the Gang and Narcotics Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. Also, the Sheriff’s Department has a section of the San Fernando Valley that they patrol as well. They’re usually the ones that are arresting people for drug-related offenses.
A lot of the information that they gather in order to investigate, get search warrants and make arrests comes from people who get arrested for drug crimes in the Valley and they end up cooperating with the police and giving the police a lot of information.
Drug Possession for Sales & Drug Manufacturing
In fact, a lot of times I see the police arrest somebody for possession for sales or sales of drugs (CALCRIM 2302), especially if they view that person as a small time player. California Health and Safety Code 11351 defines possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
They will arrest that person, threaten that person, tell them that they’re looking at a lot of time in custody and try to get that person to give them information about other drug crimes that are taking place in the San Fernando Valley.
That’s definitely one situation the way the police investigate and prosecute drug crimes, sales, possession for sales, drug trafficking, manufacturing (CALCRIM 2330) of any type of drugs in the Valley. California Health and Safety Code 11379.6 defines manufacturing a controlled substance.
Negotiation with Prosecutor and Law Enforcement
It’s interesting because on the flip side of that, you have a scenario where the prosecutors in cases in the San Fernando Valley or Los Angeles aren’t really highly involved in cooperation agreements.
It takes an act of Congress on a drug crime case to get the prosecutors to actually agree to give a person a better sentence if a person cooperates or they’ll dismiss the case.
So, you have to get a letter from a Captain saying that the person cooperated and requesting that the prosecutors give credit for that cooperation. Then that letter goes to downtown Los Angeles and they have a specific group of individuals who deal with cooperation cases, but it’s very rare to see that.
Whereas, at the police level, they engage in a lot of cooperation-type activities. In fact, they’ll even grab somebody and they really won’t prosecute that person sometimes if they cooperate.
The problem is, sometimes the police lie to people in these big drug cases, tell them they’re going to do something and then they don’t do it and the person really doesn’t have any type of fallback to do anything about it.
Retain a Drug Crime Attorney
You’ve got to have an attorney. If you get an attorney involved, they can put the pressure on the police if that’s something that you chose to do to make sure that you get credit, because a lot of times they’re wanting you to make two, three, four, five, six busts.
Nobody wants to do that. It’s way too dangerous for them. A lot of people don’t even have that type of information. So, if you don’t have an attorney involved, they can take advantage of you in a bad way.
So, if you’ve got a drug-related offense in the San Fernando Valley — whether it be possession, possession for sales — pick up the phone, make the call. Let’s talk about it and see what we can do to get you the best result, such as deferred entry of judgment.
Hedding Law Firm is a located in the San Fernando Valley at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0940.