St. Louis man says he is innocent of drug crimes

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A St. Louis man is facing federal criminal charges for allegedly owning and operating land that was used for drug transactions. The 44-year-old man originally purchased 330 acres of land to hold music festivals, naming it Camp Zoe. Although a trial date has been set, the man argues that he is innocent of any drug offenses.

Federal officials conducted an investigation for four years, and claim to have purchased drugs at Camp Zoe more than 100 times. They insist that the landowner profited from the sales of cocaine, marijuana, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, Ecstasy and opium.

The 44-year-old landowner was originally charged in June. He asked for the charges to be dismissed in November, but a judge denied his request. His trial is set to begin next month. However, the man’s attorney has a scheduling conflict, and has asked that the trial date be moved. The judge has not yet responded to the request.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service conducted the four-year long investigation.

Although federal authorities believe the man is guilty of the charges, they may have the story wrong. The landowner may not have been aware of illegal drug transactions on his property, and the man could be maintaining his innocence for a reason.

Anyone who is facing federal criminal charges would likely benefit from working with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney acts as an advocate for those who are charged with crimes, and works to ensure that an individual’s rights are protected.

Source: Southeast Missourian, “Motion filed to delay trial on music festival drug charges,” Jan. 16, 2012