United States v. MM

Mark W. Bennett

Case Conclusion Date:April 6, 2009

Practice Area:Criminal Defense

Outcome:Case dismissed.

Description:MM was arrested in his brother-in-law's house with 12 kilos of cocaine and several guns. According to the DEA agents: his jacket was in the attic with the cocaine; he admitted knowing that his brother-in-law was a drug dealer; and he admitted picking up money for his brother. MM was charged with a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and with a 924(c) gun count. He was facing a possible 15-year or longer sentence. The government offered to let him plead guilty to misprision of a felony, with a three-year maximum. MM rejected the offer (which, had he accepted it, would likely have caused his deportation) and we prepared for trial. At the pretrial conference his two codefendants pled guilty, and the government announced that it would dismiss the charges against MM.