Four men and a woman face charges of drug possession, following their arrests earlier this year. According to police, the group modified three BMWs to transport illegal drugs around the area. Two other individuals also face charges, but they are not in custody.
The group faces charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Authorities say that between 2017 and 2018, the group distributed heroin and cocaine, as well as butane honey oil – a marijuana concentrate. They obtained the drugs in Mexico and smuggled them across the border. Investigators say that in addition to using the modified cars, the group also shipped drugs to various locations using regular courier services. In one case, the group attempted to ship 55 pounds of marijuana to Florida.
Police say the cars were modified with secret compartments in the engine. The compartments held cocaine, heroin and other contraband. Officers at the border stopped two of the three cars in the same day. Following a search of the vehicles, border patrol officers found contraband, cash and weapons in the vehicles. If convicted on all charges, the group could face sentences of 10 years to life in prison.
Los Angeles drug possession attorney
If you’ve been arrested for drug possession and are facing prosecution , your best criminal defense strategy is to hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for 35 years in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. In addition, he practices as a federal criminal defense attorney, and takes all types of criminal cases.
Drug smuggling cases can be complex. They can involve state or federal charges – and sometimes both. More than half of all current federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug-related crimes. This is the fallout of the US federal government’s war on drugs.
When you face charges in federal court, you can also face long sentences and high fines. In addition, federal prosecutors can put extreme pressure on you to plead guilty, cooperate with investigators or both. You need experienced representation, and you should not go to court without it!
Don’t settle for inexperience, and don’t face federal prosecutors alone! 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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