The woman, who is a US citizen, was returning from Guadalajara, Mexico. The drugs were found in the lining of the woman’s suitcase. US Customs agents flagged the woman for additional screening because of her “nervous behavior.” Agents examined the woman’s luggage and discovered a hidden compartment containing tape-wrapped packages of the contraband. The drugs have an estimated street value of about $160,000.
The woman was arrested and placed in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to Customs officials, Customs and Border Patrol agents seize a daily average of 9,000 pounds of narcotics intended for sale in the US.
An experienced drug possession attorney
Depending upon the circumstances of your drug arrest, you can be charged in either federal or state courts, or both. When you’re arrested for drug-related crimes, you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense in both federal and state courts for more than 30 years. Most people arrested and convicted of drug possession are non-violent offenders. Often, the people who are arrested for possession are not drug dealers; they’re simply moving drugs from one place to another. They may have been enticed by the promise of a quick payday, or they may have been forced to carry drugs across the border.
In either case, non-violent offenders are occupying our prisons at an alarming rate, and receive very long sentences, while the producers and high-level dealers who perpetuate the drug trade go about their business freely.
If you’re arrested for drug possession, don’t attempt to defend yourself and don’t assume there’s nothing you can do!
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County drug possession case.
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