Trafficking in Cocaine and Sale
A Boynton Beach man is facing drug charges after authorities alleged that he used a tow truck business to transport large quantities of cocaine from Texas.
Joel R. Hinojosa, 37, was arrested Wednesday on allegations of operating a criminal organization, trafficking in cocaine and sale of cocaine. He remains in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, jail record showed.
Police allege that Hinojosa has operated the criminal enterprise since about November 2010. A confidential source told investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Delray Beach Police Department that Hinojosa owns and operates a landscaping business and tow trucking companies in South Florida.
According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Hinojosa allegedly used the trucks to conceal and transport large amounts of cocaine from Texas to his warehouse in Boynton Beach. The informant told investigators that, in one instance, two kilograms of cocaine were concealed inside the headrest of a vehicle.
Investigators began surveillance and observed three alleged cocaine deals between October and November of 2011. Hinojosa arranged to sell two ounces of pure cocaine and two ounces of cut cocaine during one of the deals, police said. Full story, source
Drug crimes cover the following offenses:
– Drug Conspiracy
– Simple Drug Possession
– Drug Distribution
– Drug Manufacture
– Possession with intent to distribute
– Prescription Fraud
Drug crimes can carry very harsh penalties, including mandatory minimum sentences. In the federal system the possession, with intent to distribute, of five kilograms or more of cocaine or one kilogram or more of heroin carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment.
Sentences under the federal narcotics laws (Title 21, United States Code) are driven by the kind of drug, the weight, and the role of the defendant; e.g., organizer, supervisor, manager or minor or minimal participant. Heroin and cocaine, particularly crack cocaine, as opposed to powder, carry the harshest penalties.
A drug related conviction on your permanent record can be the cause of many problems in your life, both personally and professionally. If you are not a United States citizen, a drug conviction will usually result in removal or deportation. Contact an experienced attorney to get detailed and up to date information on drug related questions in your state.
The Penalties For Drug Crimes In Florida
Drug charges are vigorously pursued at both the state and federal level, so you should never underestimate the seriousness of a drug charge. Most states have minimum sentencing guidelines that include prison time for drug possessions and trafficking, and Florida is no exception.
- Cocaine possession – 3rd degree felony; Possession of 28 g. is trafficking (1st degree felony)
- Cocaine sale 2nd degree felony (penalties more severe near school)
- Cocaine trafficking – 28-200 g.: $50,000 and 3 yrs.; 200-400 g.: $100,000 and 7 yrs.; 400 g.-150 kg.: 15 yrs. and $250,000; Over 150 kg.: 1st degree felony with life imprisonment.
West Palm Beach Drug Charges Attorney
Many drug cases can be resolved if your lawyer has you immediately perform community service and complete a short drug class, as it is essential that the state’s charging attorney understands what type of person you really are. Such actions also provide evidence that shows you are much more than what the law enforcement agent makes you out to be. By being proactive, we can often get a withhold of adjudication, which would preserve your driver’s license and keep you from having a criminal record.
If you face serious drug charges, lawyer Andrew Stine is experienced in attacking the government’s case against you. Drug cases often involve a confidential informant, who is usually another person who has been arrested on drug charges. By finding out who the confidential informant is—which we can in many cases—we may be able to do away with the state’s case. We can also seek to get drug evidence excluded, if the search and seizure was illegal.
Defense lawyer Andrew Stine handles all types of drug charges from simple possession to large scale trafficking of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, Oxycontyn, and other controlled substances. Being proactive in a drug case can often make the difference between facing felony or misdemeanor charges, or whether any charges are filed at all.
Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300. Se habla español.