Missouri men await sentencing for federal drug charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

When people in Missouri are convicted of drug charges, their entire lives may be on the line. Two Missouri men know this all too well after they recently pleaded guilty to federal drug offenses. The charges against them include conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The case against the two men began last June when a police officer pulled over a van. When officers approached the car, they saw what they believed to be drugs. Upon searching the vehicle, they apparently found cocaine.

An investigation ensued and investigators say they determined that the two men conspired to distribute the cocaine between June 2010 and May 2011.

In this case, one of the men faces a minimum prison sentence of 10 years and up to $10 million in fines. The other faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and up to $20 million in fines.

Although the two men could face harsh consequences, the penalties for possession of cocaine can often include more than just prison and monetary fines. The penalties may also include a negative career impact and long-term mandatory drug testing.

Individuals accused of criminal activity, including the men in this case, have certain rights. It is important to ensure that police officers uphold these constitutional rights in an appropriate manner and that they do not abuse their power during any part of an investigation.

One important tactic in a strong criminal defense is looking for holes and inconsistencies in the authority’s procedures and the prosecution’s case. Any evidence obtained in an inappropriate matter should not be used against the defendant and should be used to show a lack of credibility in the prosecution’s argument.

Source: Southeast Missourian, “Two Southeast Missouri men plead guilty to federal drug charges,” Joe Gamm, May 22, 2012