criminal-defense

Why (and How) to Refuse Police Searches Even if You Have Nothing to Hide

Here’s a brief video put together by the nonprofit, flexyourrights.com. When finding yourself in these circumstances, it is important to understand your rights. Don’t be rude but don’t dismiss your 4th Amendment rights:

More here.


17 Horned Frogs Arrested For Selling Drugs

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17 Texas Christian University students, including four members of the school’s football team, The Horned Frogs, have been arrested for selling drugs. The officers conducted a six-month investigation into illegal drug dealing on the school’s campus and are continuing their probe with the possibility of more arrests.

All of the 17 students that were arrested had sold drugs “hand-to hand” to undercover officers. The drugs that were sold included: marijuana, a variety of prescription drugs, ecstasy, and cocaine.

Three of the 17 students were arrested on campus, and all of the students that were arrested are possibly facing expulsion. Of the arrests, Chancellor Victor Boschini stated,

“TCU has never before experienced a magnitude of student arrest such as this.”

At The Gordon Law Firm, we understand that people make mistakes and we are here to help you get the best possible outcome so that you can move forward with your life. We have worked on many drug cases in the past and will give you the best legal advice for your case. Please feel free to give us a call or email us for a free consultation.


Three Men Convicted On Cocaine Offenses

A U.S. District Court Jury in Alexandria, VA convicted Erasmo Alevarado-Ibarra, also known as Chiquilin, of consipiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. The 28 year-old from Woodbridge, VA is said to have been involved in a cocaine trafficking ring that smuggles drugs from Mexico to the Northern Virginia area.

Along with Alevarado-Ibarra, two other men Jose Zuniga-Ruiz, also known as Tio Tony, 40, and Silvestre Castro-Sandoval, also known as Silver, 36, were convicted of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine in Fairfax and Prince William County.

Prosecutors stated that the three men were receiving multi-kilograms shipments of cocaine each month and would meet at hotels off of Route 1 in Woodbridge, Virginia in order to distribute the drugs in the Woodbridge and Alexandria areas.

Under scrutiny by authorities for some time, the Virginia Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force had given their investigation of the drug ring the name “Operation Springfield Snow.” They have so-far convicted 55 people connected with the ring with more arrests expected.

 


Prince William County Fatal Stabbing Suspect Arrested, Charged With First Degree Murder

21 year-old Elvin Yobex Guzman Lopez has been charged with first degree murder for the fatal stabbing of 22 year-old Edwin Noe Enamorado Maute.

Authorities in Manassas responded to a stabbing that occurred in the 7600 block of Somerset Lane on Sunday around 9PM. Officers found Maute in front of his home with multiple stab wounds. The officers performed CPR and he was transported to a nearby hospital where he died later from his injuries.

Authorities are saying that both men were acquaintances, and when a verbal altercation between the two occurred, Lopez pulled out a knife.  Witnesses say that the victim tried to run from Lopez, but fell, and that’s when Lopez took that opportunity to jump on him and stab him repeatedly until witnesses intervened.

Officers took down a description and later found Lopez. He is now being held in Prince William County Jail without bond. His court date is set for March 26, 2012.

 


Still No Suspects For “The Potomac-River Rapist”

Police officials and the FBI are still working hard to try and find the man responsible for eight sexual assaults and one murder. He is known as “The Potomac River Rapist,” because all of the victim’s homes were next to the Potomac River, where they were attacked.

The incidents occurred between May 6, 1991 and November 14, 1997 and all but one was in Montgomery County, MD. The last attack was in Georgetown and resulted in the murder of 28 year old Christine Mirzayan when she was walking home from a cookout.

Seven of the nine attacks were linked through the collection of DNA and the two remaining attacks were linked by similar methods the rapist used. Detectives are saying that the man would enter the victim’s homes and throw a towel or blanket over their heads and overpower them physically.

The rapist is being described as a black male between the ages of 40-50, with medium build, and between 5’ 8’’ to 5’11’’.

The FBI has launched a website specifically on “The Potomac River Rapist” in order to seek any information that the public may have.

Authorities are also using digital billboards along highways with the sketch of the rapist. They used similar tactics when looking for the “East-Coast Rapist,” and they successfully caught him with the help of the site/billboards.

FBI spokeswoman, Amy Godwin, said “This is something we’ve tried, and has worked, four or five times across the country in the past year.”

“We want to be able to use everything that the public has at their fingertips,” Godwin said. “So if they’re bringing it up on their iPads, their BlackBerrys, their ­iPhones, and they can easily get not only images but video and podcasts — anything the public uses on a daily basis — we want to be in front of them.”

As of right now, there are no suspects in custody and any information can be sent to FBI or Metropolitan Police.

 

 


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