A man in search of a better life in the United States is now facing federal jail time after he was caught smuggling in cocaine, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Lephaine J. Charles was taken into custody around 1 a.m. Tuesday after Juno Beach and Jupiter police agencies were called to investigate a boat that washed ashore. An exact location of where the boat was found was not given in a DEA criminal complaint.
Also arrested was Rick Davis, a Bahamian national, who faces immigration charges.
Police saw a man running along A1A, away from the 20-foot center console vesse. They gave chase but soon lost sight of him. They set up a perimeter and entered a wooded area where they found a red and black duffel bag which contained 15 brick-like packages which contained cocaine, according to the complaint.
Charles admitted to having a red and black bag which he knew contained cocaine. He said that Davis held a bag of cocaine also, the complaint says.
He denied, however, that the boat authorities found was the one he traveled on.
Once the men came close to the shore, they followed Fegens instructions of waiting in the bushes along the beach area for a vehicle to arrive.
When they saw police lights, the two men fled. Full story, source
Drug trafficking is the term used to describe the production, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. In the United States, such drugs include cocaine, heroin, PCP, LSD, methamphetamines and marijuana. Penalties for drug trafficking may vary, but in most places penalties are intended to be severe enough to discourage individuals from engaging in selling drugs.
The illegal drug market in the United States is one of the most profitable in the world. As such, it attracts the most ruthless, sophisticated, and aggressive drug traffickers. Drug law enforcement agencies face an enormous challenge in protecting the country’s borders. Each year, according to the U.S. Customs Service, 60 million people enter the United States on more than 675,000 commercial and private flights. Another 6 million come by sea and 370 million by land. In addition, 116 million vehicles cross the land borders with Canada and Mexico. More than 90,000 merchant and passenger ships dock at U.S. ports. These ships carry more than 9 million shipping containers and 400 million tons of cargo. Another 157,000 smaller vessels visit our many coastal towns. Amid this voluminous trade, drug traffickers conceal cocaine, heroin, marijuana, MDMA, and methamphetamine shipments for distribution in U.S. neighborhoods.
Cocaine trafficking and abuse continue to threaten the health and safety of American citizens. According to drug abuse indicators, the use of both powder and crack cocaine have stabilized, albeit at high levels. The trafficking, distribution, and abuse of cocaine and crack cocaine have spread from urban environments to smaller cities and suburban areas of the country, bringing a commensurate increase in violence and criminal activity. The level of violence associated with cocaine trafficking today, however, does not compare to the rampant violence of the 1980s when the crack epidemic was at its worst.
Certain drugs and chemical substances are by law known as “controlled substances.” Florida Statute section 893.03 defines the “controlled substances.” Cocaine is a schedule II controlled substance. A Schedule II substance means that the substance has some accepted but severely restricted medical use, that there is a high potential for abuse of the substance and that, and abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
West Palm Beach Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney
In Florida, drug trafficking charges depend on the type of drug and the amount in possession. Possession of more than 20 grams of Marijuana is a felony charge. Possessing more than four grams of Oxycodone may result in a minimum mandatory prison sentence of three years whether you intended to sell the drugs or not.
At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida, we take a proactive approach in defending clients against drug trafficking charges. We use our experience handling drug crimes and our knowledge of Florida law to reduce charges from trafficking to drug possession. Often we help our clients avoid prison by encouraging them to immediately start community service or complete a drug class.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact our office for a free consultation.
Florida law has a mandatory two year license revocation period for any drug trafficking charge, including trafficking of Roxicodone (Roxies), Xanax, Cocaine, Marijuana and Oxycodone.
At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., we provide aggressive defense strategies that help our clients avoid harsh penalties:
- Entrapment: Sometimes, police officers will trick an individual into committing a crime they otherwise would not have committed. If this describes your situation, our defense team will defend you by arguing entrapment and attempt to have your case dismissed.
- Illegal search and seizure: If the evidence against you was obtained without a search warrant, Attorney Stine will file a motion to suppress evidence, which may cause the prosecution to reduce or drop the charges against you.
- False allegation: If you were charged for trafficking Oxycodone or Roxicodone and you have a prescription for these drugs, our firm will work to have your case dismissed.
- Guilty pleas: When there is significant evidence against our client, such as in some cases of marijuana cultivation and grow houses, a guilty a plea may be the best option. Guilty pleas can often reduce or eliminate jail time.
Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at (561) 832-1170. Se habla español.