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Narcotics investigation expands to include hip-hop artists

Fans in North Carolina of hip-hop artist Chris Brown might not have new music of his to listen to if authorities issue charges against him as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. Agents from the Department of Homeland Security have already charged a music producer known to associate with Brown with drug dealing. The trial of the 26-year-old man is currently underway, and evidence in his case has allegedly revealed that Brown sent him $15,000 through a wire transfer to pay for drugs.

Investigators seized the defendant's phone and found an image of the bank deposit in the text messages. When asked via text what the money was for, the defendant replied that it had paid for drugs, specifically an illegal cough-syrup-and-soda mix known as 'lean." Another text allegedly referred to obtaining marijuana for Brown.

The music producer's Instagram account showed him alongside the hip-hop artist as well as posing with flashy clothes, firearms, cash and luxury cars. If federal investigators uncover enough evidence, Brown could end up getting charged with felony drug possession. The severity of the charges could be based upon the types and amounts of drugs involved, whether he intended to sell or personally use them and state drug possession laws.

When authorities target a person during an investigation, he or she could seek the advice of an attorney before answering any questions. The individual also has the right to legal representation after an arrest. A lawyer could advise the person about his or her legal rights and challenge the accusations and drug charges made by investigators. Once a prosecutor files criminal charges, an attorney could advise his or her client about the pros and cons of accepting a plea bargain or going to trial.

Source: Digital Music News, "Chris Brown Faces Felony Drug Charges After $15,000 Wire Discovered", Daniel Sanchez, April 7, 2017

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