Fighting an Oxycodone Drug Traffic Charge in West Palm Beach
A man who tried to buy 1,300 oxycodone pills and sell them in Boston was recently arrested. Rony Exantus was booked on a federal attempted drug possession charge when his supplier turned out to be an undercover police officer.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff narcotics officer posed as a pill supplier and brokered a deal to sell Exantus 1,300 oxycodone tablets for $23,400. The agent met Exantus in a Home Depot parking lot in West Palm Beach and exchanged a gym bag full of fake painkillers for a box full of cash. Exantus was then taken into custody and is now being held without bail.
These kinds of arrests are becoming more common in Palm Beach County. In 2008, about half the country’s illegal prescription drugs came out of Florida and many of these drugs came from pain clinics in Palm Beach County. Federal authorities and police are determined to stop the flow of these drugs.
Oxycodone Possession and Trafficking
Florida mandatory minimum drug laws are severe. Possessing more than four grams of oxycodone may result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years whether you intended to sell the drugs or not. Florida law states: 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $50,000. 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 7 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000. 400 grams or more, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 calendar years and pay a fine of $250,000.
Florida law also has a mandatory two-year driver’s license revocation period for any drug trafficking charge, including trafficking of Roxicodone (Roxies), Xanax, cocaine, marijuana, Oxycontin and oxycodone.
Defending Your Freedom and Rights
An experienced Palm Beach County drug crime attorney can help a defendant fight these charges. Here are some methods for acquittal:
Entrapment: Sometimes, police officers will trick an individual into committing a crime they otherwise would not have committed.
Illegal search and seizure: If evidence against the client was obtained without a search warrant, the drug crime attorney will file a motion to suppress evidence, which may cause the prosecution to reduce or drop the charges against you.
False allegation: If the client is charged for trafficking Oxycodone or Roxicodone and you have a prescription for these drugs, the experienced drug crime attorney will work to have your case dismissed for false allegation.
Guilty pleas: When there is significant evidence against a 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.
Anyone can make a mistake. Not everyone can get you off on drug charge in Palm Beach County. A defense attorney who has drug crime experience will fight to keep you out of jail and dismiss your case.