Allegations of federal crimes may result in penalties that include fines and prison time. People who are accused of a drug-related offense should be aware of their possible legal options and fully understand their rights to minimize prison time or even eliminate it altogether.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently arrested four police officers from the Highland Park Police Department on bribery and drug charges. The police department's chief contacted the FBI after receiving complaints of police brutality against two of the arrested officers. According to reports, the suspects allegedly assisted in the delivery of illegal drugs in a Michigan mall on Jan. 23.

The police officers allegedly received $1,000 to $1,500 each for protecting the shipment of illegal drugs. The FBI conducted video and audio surveillance, and gathered enough evidence in less than six months to convict the suspects, according to a U.S. state attorney. Apparently, the arrested officers sometimes delivered drugs while wearing their badges.

Authorities said that the FBI also reports it has evidence that two of the suspects had taken money in exchange for not appearing in court so that charges against a criminal would be dismissed. All four suspects have asked that they be represented by a court-appointed attorney. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 15.

Timing is important in cases where authorities are investigating people suspected of being involved in such crimes. Investigators will normally look at the focus of a situation and then investigate those they suspect of being connected with the crimes. People facing federal charges or drug charges need to be aware of the nature of the accusations against them to build the best possible defense.

Source: myfoxdetroit.com, "Feds arrest 4 Highland Park police officers," Maurielle Lue, Jan. 26, 2013