On December 28, three men were arrested in Pennsylvania, and were found to have been transporting 247 pounds of marijuana and $11,000. in cash. One of the men, Christopher M. Heath, turned out to be a deputy sheriff from northern California. 

The three men who were arrested had been driving cross country to make a delivery to a person in West Manheim Township, Pennsylvania. The drugs in transport were estimated to have a street value of $2 million. While laws surrounding marijuana are changing in some states, it is still illegal in Pennsylvania to possess, cultivate, traffic or sell marijuana. 

Deputy Heath, one of the arrested men, had been on a task force in Yuba County, California, that focuses on use, possession, sale and manufacturing of illegal drugs. Heath’s arrest in Pennsylvania has now cast suspicion on the viability of some drug cases in California in which he had been involved. 

When law enforcement officials are found to be involved in illegal drug activities, this can shake the public’s trust in officers’ integrity of purpose. Deputy Health’s involvement in illegal drug activity may also mean that other drug offenders in California may ultimately go free if Health’s involvement in those cases is found to have compromised those investigations.

People of all backgrounds — even law enforcement officials in some cases — can find themselves charged with drug crimes. These charges are serious and can result in stiff fines and time behind bars. But an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to protect your freedom in ways you may not have considered possible.