Most defendants charged with narcotics trafficking in federal court are charged with violations of 21 U.S.C. Section 841 and 846. The potential penalties for those offenses generally depend upon the type of narcotic at issue, the quantity trafficked, and whether anyone died as a result of consuming those narcotics.
A similar federal statute relates to the importation of narcotics into the country from outside the country. 21 U.S.C. Section 952 makes it a federal felony to import controlled substances from any place outside of the United States. The maximum and minimum penalties for committing these crimes are set forth in 21 U.S.C. Section 960, and again generally depend upon the type and quantity of narcotic imported into the United States, and whether anyone died as a result of those narcotics.
A person does not have to be physically transporting narcotics to be guilt of this crime. Federal prosecutors routinely pursue people for conspiring with others to commit this crime, such that one defendant might be accused of physically transporting narcotics while other members of the members of the conspiracy play different roles in the planning and delivery of the narcotics or its proceeds. Indeed, these crimes are frequently charged along with 21 U.S.C. 846, the conspiracy statute.
Indictments accusing individuals of these crimes may be the result of long-term investigations into narcotics trafficking, by federal agents and undercover informants. Sometimes, however, a defendant simply discovered and arrested at the border with narcotics in his vehicle might also be prosecuted in federal court. These cases also sometimes begin with arrests by U.S. Customs at airports who find narcotics in passenger luggage.
Defendants in these cases might be able to prove that they were unaware that they were being used to transport narcotics, or act as unwitting mules. In other cases, they might have played a minor role worthy of a sentencing reduction. Some young offenders may be eligible for federal diversionary programs to avoid prison or the lifelong stain of a conviction.
For defendants with no such defense, it is critical that they have an experienced criminal defense attorney who can advocate for leniency from the judge and prosecutors. Some defendants in these cases have drug addictions that caused them to become involved in a criminal conspiracy. Others might be controlled or abused by their boyfriends or husbands. In these cases, Matthew Galluzzo tries to really get to know his clients so that he can best present them as human beings to the presiding judges.
Indeed, Matthew Galluzzo has successfully defended many individuals charged with federal narcotics crimes, including 21 U.S.C. 952 and 960. If you or a loved one have been arrested or charged with such a crime, or conspiring to commit one, you should contact Matthew Galluzzo immediately. Matthew Galluzzo has represented individuals charged in federal court with trafficking cocaine, crack-cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, GHB, MDMA (ecstasy), crystal methamphetamine, ketamine, fentanyl, marijuana, suboxone, prescription medication (Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Percocet, etc.), “Lean,” and other controlled substances. Matthew Galluzzo has also represented individuals accused of trafficking narcotics on the Dark Web.
Matthew Galluzzo parle francais. En fait, il est chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Merite, a cause de son travail comme Avocat en Droit Penal aupres du Consulat General de France a New York.