Prosecutors sometimes take a one-size-fits-all attitude toward defendants. You read media reports about drug ring arrests, as if all parties were high-level players who trafficked illegal substances. Baton Rouge defendants' rights easily can be violated when multiple arrests stem from the same alleged crime.
A dozen people were arrested recently in what federal prosecutors described as a drug trafficking ring selling "significant quantities" of methamphetamine in Southwestern Louisiana. Two other individuals named in the 20-count federal grand jury indictment remained free and were being sought.