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20 people accused of drug crimes in Macon County

Approximately 20 suspects were arrested in Macon County after police carried out drug raids in the area earlier this month. Multiple law enforcement agencies from Jackson, Franklin and Macon counties -- and officers from federal and state agencies -- were involved in the operation titled "Thunderstruck." The raids were carried out in the early morning on Sept. 8.

Police used tips from local residents to assist undercover officers in purchasing opiates, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription drugs in order to secure the arrest warrants. Police say that the response from local residents was tremendously helpful in making the arrests and ensuring the safety of the officers involved. Officials hope that the arrests will help to make local streets safer. At this time, police are still searching for five additional suspects.

Defending North Carolina residents against Internet sex crimes

In some respects, there is no worse crime to be accused of than a sex crime. This is not only because of the severe consequences and punishments associated with conviction. It's because those accused of sex crimes -- even if they are never even convicted and get their charges dropped or dismissed -- will face harsh criticism from their communities, families and co-workers, and this criticism may never entirely go away.

At Roberts Law Group, PLLC, we offer all of our criminal defense clients the benefit of absolute privacy, and a judgment-free zone in which to tell us the full story of their legal case and the facts surrounding it. We also know that arresting officers and prosecutors make mistakes just like everyone else does. The courts know that too. As such, no court ever convicts an accused person case of a crime until -- and only if -- that person is proved to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

No Such Thing as 'Closure' In the Jacob Wetterling Case

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People keep saying, "Well, at least the Wetterlings have closure..." now that Danny Heinrich has confessed.

But there's no such thing as "closure" in a case like this - a case that went unsolved for roughly 27 years, and kept Jacob's parents in the dark on what happened to their son all that time, not knowing for certain whether he was dead or alive.

On Sept. 6, 2016, in a federal courtroom in Minneapolis, Heinrich confessed to abducting, molesting, and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, nearly three decades ago, on Oct. 22, 1989.

22-year-old man could face 70 years in prison for DUI

Wake County authorities say that a 22-year-old man who allegedly caused the death of three people in a drunk driving accident could be sentenced to over 70 years in prison. This could be his fate if he is convicted of the drunk driving and felony allegations being brought against him in criminal court -- if he remains in the country and isn't deported back to his native Mexico.

The charges being brought against the man include DWI, three counts of aggravated felony-level death via vehicle and three counts of aggravated felony-level serious injury by vehicle. Three individuals -- a 22-year-old, 21-year-old and 18-year-old -- were killed in the accident, and three individuals were seriously injured.

President grants clemency to record number of federal inmates

President Obama is in his last year as president and has decided to commute the prison sentences of a massive number of federal inmates. In fact, he has set a record in the number of clemency grants he has ordered -- 673 in total -- which is more than the last 10 presidents granted combined. In the month of August alone, Obama granted clemency to 325 inmates, 111 of which were granted in one day. Most of the inmates who received clemency had been given federal prison sentences for minor drug offenses, and 39 of them had lifetime sentences for low-level, non-violent drug crimes.

Of the many inmates who received clemency was a man who received his conviction in 1994, after authorities convicted him of selling LSD. He also had two prior selling and possession offenses on his record. Court records indicate that he sold LSD to a police informant during a cross-country trip following the Grateful Dead music band. His crime was not violent in any way, and he had never gone to prison before; however, because it was his third offense, he received a lifetime federal prison sentence. He went to prison at the age of 25 and now, 22 years later, he has been scheduled for release in 2018.

5 individuals arrested on drug allegations in Goldsboro

The Goldsboro Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff's Office have arrested five individuals on drug-related charges at a Goldsboro motel. The arrests, which were carried out last Saturday, were the culmination of months of investigations.

It was last Saturday that authorities had gathered sufficient information to secure multiple search warrants regarding 12 different rooms at Serena Inn Motel on Corporate Drive in Goldsboro. Approximately 70 officers appeared on scene to serve the warrants, and carry out the searches and arrests. After securing all 12 rooms, officers conducted the searches.

A Path to Liberty and Justice for All: Taking Profit out of Prisons

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We've long known that it's a bad idea to turn criminal justice into a profit-making enterprise. This could be a hard idea to swallow coming from defense lawyers, who make their living in the criminal justice system, but the reality is that government - not for-profit companies - should be the one responsible for administering jails and prisons.

39-year-old Raleigh man arrested for heroin-related crimes

A 39-year-old Raleigh man was taken into custody on drug charges at a local apartment complex last Monday. Authorities charged the man with trafficking heroin. The charges were listed as one count of heroin possession with intention to deliver or sell and one count of heroin trafficking by possession.

Police claim the man had 39 grams of the drug, which equates to approximately 1.4 ounces, in his possession at the time of the arrest. An arrest warrant was served against him and he was taken into custody at around 3:30 p.m. at the Edison Lofts building on S. Blount Street. The warrant does not indicate if the man was arrested in an actual apartment or simply at the apartment complex. According to the arrest warrant, the accused man does not himself reside at Edison Lofts.

Charlotte: Beginning of the End for Trump?

Donald Trump doesn't believe in polls. And maybe he's right. Maybe he shouldn't believe in them. Maybe all the polls in the world won't make a bit of difference if he ends up winning on Nov. 8.

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Trump restarts his campaign tonight in Charlotte following trouble with the polls.

Remember, Trump won the Republican primaries in North Carolina in March, as well as other states' primaries throughout the country, despite predictions that Trump wasn't a serious contender.

Watch this adviser respond to CNN's question about Trump's recent campaign shakeup (which the adviser insists wasn't a shakeup). The "shakeup" occurred following a series of polls indicating Trump trails Clinton by ever-widening margins, his overall popularity sinking.

"Says who?" the adviser asks.

"Polls," CNN answers. "All of them." 

Man exonerated after 28 years in prison

A federal judge in North Carolina has ordered that a man who was sent to prison 28 years ago be freed. The man was convicted of murder allegations when he was just a teenager. According to the North Carolina Superior Court Judge, not enough evidence was present to justify the man's conviction related to the 1988 murder.

The judge said that he was not sure if the man committed the crime or not. He admitted that the individual who killed the teen was a monster, but it was not clear that the convicted man actually committed the crime. Furthermore, the judge said that it overly and abundantly clear that the man did not receive a fair trial.

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