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What Makes a Drug Crime a Federal Offense?

Getting charged with an offense of any kind can be confusing and overwhelming. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that more than 1.8 million people were arrested in the U.S. in 2007 for drug crimes, with some of these going to federal court and some staying at the local level. With so many different laws […]

Federal Drug Crimes: Terms & Legal Jargon Explained

If you or a loved one are facing federal drug charges, you’ve probably found yourself in a confusing whirlwind of legal jargon and terms you’ve never heard before. This post will help clarify some of the charges and terms so you can have a better understanding of what you’re up against. Most federal drug charges stem from possession, […]

Lack of Motion for Acquittal Leads 11th Circuit to Affirm Conviction and Sentence

Peter Hesser was indicted in 2011 and 2012 and later convicted of numerous income tax related charges. The charges stem from a number of different tax returns – both corporate and personal – going as far back as 2001. He was sentenced to three years in prison and three more years of supervised release. In […]

DEA agents kept jobs despite serious misconduct

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) facing criticism.  Read the USA Today article for full details.

Supreme Court Denies Petition for Writ of Certiora

Justices Scalia, Thomas and Ginsburg filed their dissent this morning in a case in which the three petitioners had argued that their sentences would have been substantively unreasonable but for judge-found facts, and were thus illegal under the Sixth Amendment. A jury convicted petitioners Joseph Jones, Desmond Thurston, and Antwuan Ball of distributing very small […]

Police Officer and K-9 Stop Two Individuals Charged with Possessing Methamphetamine

The United State Supreme Court has granted a writ of certiorari to consider the issue of prolongation of a traffic stop by police in order to carry out a dog sniff of the vehicle. The case is Denny Rodriguez v. United States, No 13-9972 and the facts of the case are as follow: On March […]

U.S. Sentencing Commission Unanimously Votes to Allow Delayed Retroactive Reduction in Drug Trafficking Sentences

Good news today from the United States Sentencing Commission! The Commission voted unanimously to apply the reduction in the sentencing guideline levels applicable to most federal drug trafficking offenders retroactively. The Commission voted to make the drug quantity guideline reduction retroactive without any of the conditions that had been suggested by Department of Justice, but […]

Prescription Drug Investigations Scrutinized in Florida

Drug investigations dated as far as 2006 will be reviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. A laboratory chemist is suspected of tampering with evidence from investigations by taking pills and replacing them with over the counter medications, according to Reuters reporter Bill Cotterell. The investigation has yet to determine if the stolen drugs […]

Federal Jury Finds Caribbean Sun Movers Owner Diego Vazquez Not Guilty On All Counts

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012. Diego Vazquez is a free man. Attorney Bower Rodriguez demanded that he was innocent, yet the federal government insisted on going to trial on allegations of conspiracy to distribute 300 kilograms of cocaine worth at least $9,000,000. The federal jury agreed with Attorney Bower Rodriguez – NOT GUILTY. Diego Vazquez is the […]