Two US citizens and four Australian citizens face charges for drug possession in the biggest meth bust on record. Investigators intercepted 3,800 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in stereo speakers. The shipment of speakers, found at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, was destined for Victoria and New South Wales.
In addition to the seizure of drugs, authorities in Canada executed search warrants and seized a “significant” amount of cash. Authorities estimate that the seized drugs have a street value of $1.3 billion. Additionally, Australian authorities say that the seizure represented about 85% of the methamphetamine currently consumed in Victoria. In addition to the methamphetamine seizure, authorities also found about 50 pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of heroin.
The seizure investigation in the US began after the DHS received a tip from Australian authorities. Law enforcement agencies believe that Mexican cartels are targeting Australia in an attempt to open up markets there.
Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer
When you face charges for drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes drug crimes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Nearly half of all federal prisoners are serving sentences for drug possession. Established drug operation participants often face RICO charges, which can result in life sentences. Federal prosecutors are well financed and very patient when it comes to prosecution. Your best strategy is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney with specific federal experience.
The federal government is entrenched in drug prosecutions, and they take these cases very seriously. You cannot rely on an inexperienced attorney, and you can’t assume that a guilty plea is your best option.
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.