The federal government has increased it prosecution of sophisticated organized drug distribution networks. These cases often have aspects of organized crime prosecutions. The federal government charges a large conspiracy involving all members of the distribution network. Often, there are court ordered wiretaps.
The issues in these cases usually involve the wiretaps and searches for drugs. Additionally, the amount of illicit drugs proved is a typical area of contention. There are rarely victim witnesses. The government presents the evidence through law enforcement agents who interpret the recorded conversations.
The government’s agents catalogue the references to drugs and the amounts and present this evidence as the amount of drugs the network conspired to distribute. Since the conversations often use code words for drugs and amounts, issues as to the proof in these areas arise.
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