Redwood City Criminal Law Blog

California authorities announce drug bust

State and local authorities in California worked with federal law enforcement to break up a drug distribution network run by the Nuestra Familia prison gang and the Norteño street gang. Law enforcement officials announced their success with "Operation Red Reaper" on June 19. A total of 21 people, ranging in age from 19 to 49, were taken into custody.

The undercover operation began in September 2018. Authorities say that two high-ranking members of Nuestra Familia in Pleasant Valley State Prison in Fresno County had cellphones that they used to direct narcotics transport from California and Mexico to a location in Kings County. Gang members then reportedly arranged for the drugs to delivered to Kings County and Tulare County distributors.

Authorities accuse 4 of selling drugs at dog boarding facility

On June 5, it was reported that four people were taken into custody at a California dog boarding facility. According to the report, three men and one woman were accused of drug-related crimes.

Undercover detectives had been watching the dog boarding facility, located in the 100 block of West Walnut Avenue in Fullerton, for possible drug sales. They saw a man who had an outstanding warrant at the facility and made contact with him. At this time, they took him into custody after they allegedly recovered 28 grams of heroin and 1.6 grams of methamphetamine. They then searched the facility where the man lived, which had approximately 20 dogs inside. While the dogs all appeared healthy, the authorities claim to have found numerous items indicating that drugs sales were occurring at the facility.

Is a plea deal right for you?

Facing criminal charges can be a terrifying ordeal. Your future is on the line, and you have a long process ahead of you before you know the path your life will take. Will you spend years in prison, or will a California jury find there is not enough evidence to convict you.?

Perhaps the prosecutor is offering you another option. If you are looking at felony charges related to drugs, violent crimes or other offenses, you may receive an offer of a plea bargain. Before you accept any deals, you would be wise to discuss your alternatives with an attorney who can guide you in determining whether a deal is in your best interests.

Attorney of Sunnyvale driver suggests mental distress

Like most people, you probably cannot imagine being struck by a car while walking. But unfortunately, that recently became the reality of eight Californians.

After hitting a group of pedestrians with his car in Sunnyvale, a former serviceman faces eight counts of attempted murder. Some officials allege that the driver purposely hit the pedestrians, possibly due to their perceived religious beliefs. However, the driver's attorney, Chuck Smith, maintains that the driver of the vehicle is a "fine man" who did not intentionally injure anyone.

Michael Avenatti accused of defrauding Stormy Daniels

Controversial attorney Michael Avenatti is facing a raft of felony counts filed by federal prosecutors in California and New York for allegedly defrauding his clients and attempting to extort the sportswear manufacturer Nike. The 48-year-old litigator's legal position became even more precarious on May 22 when U.S. attorneys in New York added counts of aggravated identity theft and fraud. The latest charges stem from Avenatti's representation of Stephanie Clifford, who is better known by her stage name Stormy Daniels.

Prosecutors claim that Avenatti forged Clifford's name on a document that he then sent to a book publisher. Avenatti allegedly did this so that a $300,000 advance would be sent to him instead of his client. He is said to have used the cash to fund an extravagant lifestyle. Prosecutors claim that Avenatti used some of the funds to make monthly payments on a leased Ferrari sports car.

Authorities accuse 3 suspects of drug distribution

Law enforcement in Los Angeles, California, are charging three German nationals with crimes related to running an illegal drug market online. According to authorities, the three accused ran a hidden marketplace where drugs, counterfeit goods, and malicious computer software was sold. The federal complaint was made public after a two-year investigation into the activities of the defendants.

The hidden market operated by the defendants was named Wall Street Market. It allegedly earned more than $11 million for the operators. A fourth defendant accused of being a part of the operations was charged by federal authorities in Sacramento. Another defendant in Brazil is also accused of facilitating the operations of the illegal online market. Law enforcement officials say that they continue to increase their technical abilities and cooperation with foreign governments to hunt down suspects.

Former A's, Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza sentenced in drug case

On April 19, former MLB All-Star player Esteban Loaiza began serving a prison sentence in California for felony drug possession. A federal judge in San Diego sentenced the 47-year-old pitcher to three years in prison and five years probation on March 8. He was facing up to 10 years in prison.

In February 2018, Loaiza was taken into custody when deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Office found cocaine hidden in a specially-designed storage compartment in his minivan. Authorities later executed a search warrant at his rented apartment in Imperial Beach and found multiple packages of cocaine. According to federal documents, the apartment contained no furniture and was maintained for the purpose of storing drugs intended for distribution.

Have you been accused of stalking?

Moving on from a failed relationship can be a trying time for anyone. If you are like others here in Redwood City, you may hold out hope that things can work out and get back to the way they were.

In your efforts to repair your relationship, the other party may not feel the same way. He or she may see your efforts as intrusive and unwanted. Perhaps you had no idea until police showed up at your door accusing you of stalking the other person. Now you wonder how that happened and need to know what stalking entails.

Michael Avenatti indicted on 36 counts by California grand jury

Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti has been indicted on several charges, including fraud, perjury, tax evasion and embezzlement. The 36-count indictment was issued by a federal grand jury in California on April 11. Avenatti, who became a regular sight on cable news shows when he filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on behalf of the adult film star Stormy Daniels, faces up to 335 years in prison if convicted on all counts. He also faces extortion charges in New York that could add up to 47 years to his custodial sentence.

Avenatti is accused of using a complex labyrinth of shell companies to steal money from his clients. The money was allegedly used to fund Avenatti's lavish lifestyle and keep his struggling boutique coffee company afloat. One of the alleged victims is a paraplegic with mental health issues who was awarded $4 million in damages after suing Los Angeles County. On April 10, federal agents arrived at Santa Barbara Airport with a warrant to seize Avenatti's private jet.

Murder suspect arrested after $3 crime

The suspect in a 2012 California murder has been arrested in Utah after years of searching for him. Unlike other cold-case arrests that have been linked to advanced scientific technologies like genetic genealogy and other DNA techniques, this case involved relatively straightforward police work. The man had been on the Alameda County Sheriff's Office "most wanted" list until he was found in Utah, where he was living under an assumed name.

Since being arrested by police in Utah, the man has been awaiting extradition to California, where he will face murder charges. He is accused of killing a 29-year-old man whose body was discovered in the suspect's home in May 2012. After living on the run from police for almost nine years, the man was arrested after he made a $3 purchase with a stolen credit card, according to local media in Utah. The victim of the credit card theft reported the case to police, noting that he believed his card had been stolen by one of the men hired to help him with a recent move. When examining the documentation provided by the movers, one police officer identified an ID that appeared to be fake. Police later discovered that the man was actually wanted in California for murder.

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