A drug runner that used Amtrak to distribute heroin and cocaine will spend 35 years in prison for drug possession. In addition, the 32-year-old Paramount man pleaded guilty to money laundering.
According to federal investigators, the man used Amtrak trains to move drugs and drug proceeds between Los Angeles and Chicago. Authorities say the man operated a large network of drug couriers that shipped drugs by train between 2010 and 2016. In addition to Chicago, the network moved drugs to St. Louis and other midwestern cities. Investigators say the couriers typically moved about 3 kilograms or more of cocaine per trip.
The man’s network extended to Amtrak personnel who helped disguise the drug shipments. Federal law enforcement officials spent years investigating the operation before busting it. The defendant imported the drugs from Mexican cartels into California. From California, he distributed the contraband to Illinois, Missouri and other locations. He used more than a dozen couriers to move cocaine and heroin.
Couriers collected the drugs at Chicago’s Union Station, then stored it in “safe houses” in the city and suburbs. Once the drugs were sold, the man and his couriers would return the proceeds to California by air. Frequently, they passed through airports carrying $150,000 or more per person at a time. In addition to a large network of mules, the man also worked with individuals in Paramount to launder the money. More than 20 defendants from both the Los Angeles and Chicago areas have been charged or pleaded guilty so far. They’ve received sentences of between 18 months and 20 years in federal prison.
Paramount drug possession attorney
When you face drug possession charges, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States.
Although the average federal drug sentence currently exceeds six years, many cases can produce significantly longer sentences. That’s why you need an experienced federal criminal attorney like Robert Helfend. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible resolution for your case.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume the best option is to plead guilty. 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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