Courts can be particularly unforgiving of people who are found guilty of distributing illegal drugs. Deemed a particularly serious drug crime, trafficking recently led to the 45-year sentence handed down to a former Bowie resident. In addition to facing charges for conspiring to distribute large amounts of cocaine, he was also charged with possessing a firearm while the narcotics offenses were committed.
Indicted along with 14 other people, including a 39-year-old Silver Spring man and a 32-year-old man from Glenn Dale, he was part of one of the largest drug seizures in the metropolitan area. Along with the prison term, he must also forfeit any assets that were purchased with money obtained through drug trafficking activities. This included more than $200,000 in cash and a diamond engagement ring valued at $9,400.
Anyone who is accused of drug crimes, particularly drug manufacturing and trafficking, may benefit from a solid defense provided by a skilled criminal defense attorney when fighting these charges in court. Investing in the best defense available may improve an accused person's chances of potentially lowering or defeating the charges and minimizing the damage.
Law enforcement agencies from around the country will work sometimes together as they pursue serious drug crimes, and there may be numerous pieces of evidence, including personal property, the drugs in question, tape recordings, video footage and witness statements. Lawyers may look closely at every piece of evidence to ensure that it was legally obtained. Even the most damaging evidence will not be allowed at trial if law enforcement did not carefully follow the prescribed protocols for search and seizure.
Source: The FBI, "Maryland Man Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine," April 9, 2013