A man who allegedly ran a drug operation for the Sinaloa cartel pleaded guilty in Ventura County to drug possession charges. According to the man’s attorney, he used his automobile sales business as a stash house. Beyond that, the attorney says that the man has no connection to the cartel.
Authorities arrested the man last October following a raid on his business. Police recovered 161 pounds of methamphetamine, 121 pounds of cocaine, 13.2 pounds of heroin, 6.6 pounds of fentanyl and hundreds of fentanyl pills during the raid. They also seized a number of weapons. The contraband had an estimated street value of nearly $11M. Police began an investigation into the bulk sale of drugs to Ventura County dealers in 2017. The investigation lasted more than a year and led to the man’s business.
Initially, prosecutors charged the man with nine drug-related felonies. To avoid a longer prison sentence, the man pleaded guilty to the sale and transportation of more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine; possessing more than a kilogram of heroin; possession of a controlled substance with a firearm and a special allegation of possessing a weapon and heroin.
The man faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison. He is currently free on a $250,000 bond and will return to court on October 17 for sentencing.
Los Angeles drug possession attorney
When you face charges related to drug crimes, hire an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes drug crimes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. Mr. Helfend works in multiple jurisdictions and can assist you regardless of where and how you are charged.
Many Californians find themselves in prison for drug related offenses, even as the state is beginning to change its approach to drug possession. Drug crimes that involve certain drugs – like methamphetamine and heroin – are not eligible for reduced sentences.
When you face serious drug possession charges, your best defense is to hire an experienced, aggressive attorney who will fight for your rights and freedom. Mr. Helfend’s first priority is 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 settle for inexperience and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. 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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