On July 30, federal authorities announced that a Florida resident and a Haitian national have been charged with drug trafficking. Specifically, the men are accused of planning to distribute cocaine in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
According to federal prosecutors, the defendants, a 40-year-old Miami-Dade County resident and a 44-year-old citizen of Haiti, conspired to import cocaine into the United States and sell it in South Florida and other locations. They are also accused of possessing 500 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute on Nov. 6, 2016.
The 44-year-old defendant was extradited from Haiti to the U.S. to face the charges. The conspiracy charge carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison. The charge of possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine carries a penalty of five to 40 years in prison. The investigation was conducted by officers from the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.
Defendants convicted on federal drug charges, including drug trafficking and drug distribution, are frequently sentenced to decades in prison and assessed heavy fines. However, every defendant has the right to retain an attorney and put forth a vigorous defense against the charges. An attorney could thoroughly investigate the case and scrutinize the prosecution's evidence for weaknesses. Armed with this information, legal counsel could then develop a strong defense to fight the allegations. In some circumstances, the attorney's efforts may convince the prosecution to drop the charges. In others, the attorney's defense strategy may win an acquittal at trial. However, if the evidence in the case is solid, the attorney could work to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the charges and helps the defendant obtain less harsh penalties.
Source: Miami Patch, "Miami-Dade Man and Haitian Accused Of Trafficking Cocaine", Paul Scicchitano, July 31, 2018