Update: Mother of Fugitive Officer of the Year due to Appear in Court
As discussed in two previous blog posts, Officer David Britto, 28, was named Officer of the Year for 2010. His name hit headlines for different reasons however as he was indicted in early July on charges of conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. He was facing life in prison and recently, removed his ankle monitor and boarded a plane for Brazil. Britto is now a fugitive and his mother has been accused of allegedly lying to federal agents about her son’s whereabouts.
Lying to Federal Agents
David Britto pleaded not guilty to the charges on July 18 and left jail on $100,000 bond. He remains on administrative leave from the police department. Britto removed his ankle monitor and failed to appear for his trial on drug charges in Miami. DEA agents learned his mother, Janiber Andrade Vieira bought a one way ticket for Brazil on Aug. 23 and that she herself was scheduled for a flight to Brazil shortly after.
Vieira was arrested by DEA agents on Sept. 2 at JFK International Airport in New York while attempting to flee the country.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Drug Enforcement Administration on the day of her arrest, Vieira “knowingly and willfully” lied to federal agents about her son’s whereabouts.
According to WPTV News, a federal judge released a bench warrant for Britto on Tuesday after he failed to show up for his trial. A bench warrant essentially orders law enforcement to arrest him on sight, no questions asked.
Drug Trafficking Criminal Defense
According to various news articles, Britto was facing life in prison depending on conviction of charges of conspiring to possess and traffic methamphetamine. Drug trafficking is a serious crime with very serious penalties that follow conviction. If you have ever been accused of drug possession or drug trafficking, you need a criminal defense lawyer for guidance immediately. Depending on the severity of the crime and your history, the sentence may vary. A criminal defense lawyer can help you by investigating your case and convincing the court to lower your sentence or maybe even drop your charges. Consult a criminal defense lawyer if you are facing criminal charges related to drug crimes.