Case Conclusion Date:October 7, 2008
Practice Area:Criminal Defense
Outcome:Defendant pled guilty and sentenced to 420 months
Description:Defendant was life-long drug trafficker who was the object of extensive federal and state investigation. Arrested shortly after one of his shipments of 130 kilos of cocaine and $1.4 million in cash were seized by federal authorities, along with more than 10 members of his extended family and drug organization. Tried in federal district court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the defendant and all co-defendants pled guilty and cooperated with authorities to identify sources of drugs coming into North Carolina. His cooperation resulted in a substantial assistance downward departure being filed by the Government and allowed him to avoid a mandatory life sentence without parole despite his being held responsible for more than two thousand kilos of cocaine and crack and more than $14 million in money laundering.