A 37-year-old man was found guilty of multiple federal drug charges stemming from a traffic stop on Interstate 20 in Texas. The jury in his case found that he was attempting to traffic heroin and cocaine from El Paso to Dallas. Authorities originally stopped the man's Ford Explorer because it had an expired registration sticker. When they made contact with the man, they found that he didn't have a drivers license.
During a search of the vehicle, police found six pounds of black-tar heroin and three pounds of cocaine. However, the man was believed by authorities to have smuggled a total of 1,000 pounds of both substances. In this particular case, the driver told investigators that he brought the drugs from Juarez, Mexico before smuggling them into the United States. According to authorities, he was a member of the Barrio Azteca gang that smuggled drugs into the country for the drug cartel La Linea.
Individuals who are facing drug charges may benefit from consulting with an attorney. Doing so may make it easier to create a defense to the charges and obtain a favorable outcome in the case. Favorable outcomes may include a plea deal or having the case dismissed entirely. An attorney may be able to help a defendant by casting doubt on evidence used to charge that person.
It may also be possible to cast doubt on witness testimony or a police report used in a case. An attorney may move to have evidence suppressed prior to trial. This means that the prosecution cannot use it to prove its drug crimes case against a defendant, and that may increase the odds of it being dismissed. It may also improve the odds of a person being acquitted by a jury if it goes to trial.