Drug trafficking is a major crime that the feds take very seriously. Individuals arrested or accused of drug trafficking can face serious, long-term consequences. From long jail terms and probation to financial fines and the seizure of assets, a conviction on federal drug trafficking charges can be devastating. Rather than gambling on leniency from prosecutors or the court, individuals accused of such crimes should consider getting help from an experienced attorney.
A California man was recently detained by the North Carolina State Bureau of investigation on allegations that he was trafficking cocaine. The 38-year-old was stopped at the Raleigh Durham International Airport with reportedly more than 400 grams of cocaine. The warrant for the Anaheim man's arrest alleged two counts of drug trafficking. One of the counts was for having the cocaine and the other for transporting it.
Because of the amount of cocaine found in the man's possession, the charges against him fall in the most serious felony category for drug trafficking. The accused is currently being held on $1 million bail for his court appearance. Because he is a native of Brazil, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement is also involved. The ICE officials asked that he be held in custody because of prior criminal convictions as well.
Individuals facing federal drug trafficking charges should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. A single conviction for drug trafficking can result in years in a federal prison, as well as the loss or forfeiture of property and other penalties. Rather than going it alone and risking the future on a state appointed defense attorney, work with someone with the time and energy to devote to you.
Source: News and Observer, "California man charged with cocaine trafficking after arrest at RDU," Sept 23, 2013