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Defense still important, perhaps more so, in cases with significant evidence

Following a search of an off-campus frat house, two Tulane University students have reportedly been charged with a variety of drug offenses including possession with intent to distribute "Molly," a more pure form of the drug ecstasy. The frat house was reportedly searched after the students accepted a package containing the drug at Kappa Sigma Fraternity house in Uptown.

The students had reportedly been renting individual rooms in the house, but the fraternity is now taking action to expel them from the organization and evict them from the premises.

State police said they had been working on the case in concert with the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Postal Service. An undercover agent had delivered a package containing 107 grams of MDMA sent to the fraternity house.

Following that delivery, authorities conducted a search of the students' rooms, and found marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, DMT, opium, cocaine, and paraphernalia.

The troopers who participated in the arrests are assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task, which is part of a program that assists and coordinates drug control efforts among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. All this is mentioned because it should be obvious that by the time folks are charged with these types of crimes, there is often a significant amount of evidence against them.

In cases where there is a lot of evidence against an individual, it may be tempting to assume they are out of luck. This, however, is not the case. There is still a great need for criminal defense in these cases, perhaps more so.

The more police activity has gone into charges and the more charges and allegations involved, the more room there is for error on the part of police and prosecutors, and the more there is need of a strong advocate to ensure that the defendant's rights are respected and that there is sufficient evidence for every single charge.

Source: NOLA, "Tulane students arrested after alleged drug delivery at frat house," Ramon Antonio Vargas, February 27, 2013

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