How A Teen Was Caught With Candy Bags of Cocaine
There are stories that are reported on a daily basis about drug trafficking, drug crimes, and drug busts. Many of these cases turn out to be some of the most elaborate schemes put on by professional criminals from all over the world.
Some drug dealers however, are so sloppy and careless, that even they make headlines:
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A teenager from Puerto Rico is accused of trying to smuggle cocaine through a South Florida airport. Federal officials say 18-year-old Jose Manuel Torres Perez of Puerto Rico arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday with suspiciously thick bags of clothes and candy.
According to a criminal complaint, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer sliced open the bags and found a white powder that tested positive for cocaine. Officials say Torres arrived in Florida on an Avianca Airlines flight from Bogota, Colombia. He is charged with importing five kilograms or more of cocaine into the U.S.
Investigators say Torres told them that he was promised $8,000 for delivering the cocaine from Bucaramanga, Colombia, to New York City.
This story was taken from WPTV News.
Drug Trafficking Defense
No matter what scale the crime was committed on, drug trafficking can have serious consequences in the state of Florida. Depending on the amount you were caught with, you can face several years in prison and some seriously hefty fines.
Criminal defense lawyers use experience handling drug crimes and our knowledge of Florida law to reduce charges from trafficking to drug possession. Often a criminal defense lawyer can help their clients avoid prison by encouraging them to immediately start community service or complete a drug class.
If you have been charged with drug trafficking, have a criminal defense lawyer on your side to build an aggressive defense strategy to help you avoid harsh penalties and reduce your drug trafficking charges.