Drug Smuggling and the “Blind Mule” Defense

by May 15, 2013

Over the last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego has written two memos recognizing the fact that drug smugglers have used “blind mules” to import drugs into the United States, even going as far as to mention specific situations in which this has occurred.  Why is this admission Read more »

Routine Traffic Stop Results in Seizure of $125,000 Worth of Cocaine

by May 13, 2013

A Maryland State Police trooper pulled over a Hagerstown man for speeding, but after seeing “signs of criminal activity,” he decided to request a K-9 unit to scan the vehicle. When the dog reacted with a positive alert for drugs, the trooper searched the vehicle and found a bag of Read more »

Tucson Man Arrested for Attempted Heroin Smuggling

by May 10, 2013

35-year-old Calvin C. Howard III of Tucson, AZ was stopped by Customs and Border Protection agents as he attempted to cross into the United States through a pedestrian gate in Nogales. When agents began questioning Howard about some “extra baggage” he had around his waist, the Tucson resident started running Read more »

Marijuana Possession Generally Charged as Felony in AZ

by May 8, 2013

In most cases, any individual found to be in possession of marijuana in Arizona will be charged with a class 6 felony. However, it is not unheard of for an offender to be offered a plea deal in order for their charge to drop to a class 1 misdemeanor. Depending Read more »

Phoenix Man Caught Selling Marijuana from Public Facebook Page

by May 6, 2013

30-year-old Jorge Valencia was recently arrested on five felony charges, including four drug charges, after an officer discovered his public Facebook page. Valencia, a Phoenix resident, had been conducting marijuana transactions on the social network for some time. Court documents state that there were “two conversations between Valencia and other Read more »

Man Caught Crossing Border with $118,000 Worth of Cocaine

by May 3, 2013

A 33-year-old Mexican national was caught with 13 pounds of cocaine as he tried to cross the border in his Volkswagen. Customs and Border Patrol officers found five bricks valued at $118,000 in two duffel bags near the Nogales port of entry, and turned over Luis Gonzales Murillo to ICE’s Read more »

Phoenix Cop Finds Marijuana in Unexpected Area of Suspect

by April 29, 2013

Around 9 in the morning on a day in late April, a Phoenix cop smelled marijuana coming from a car during his routine patrol. The officer stated that he could smell a “strong odor of marijuana” as he approached the vehicle, but was not able to see anything illegal in Read more »

Over $1 Million Worth of Marijuana Seized in Southern Arizona

by April 26, 2013

On the night of Friday, April 19, Border Patrol agents found 34 bundles of abandoned marijuana west of Tucson AZ, near the community of Pisinimo on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. The drugs had a street value of approximately $800,000 and weighed 1,768 pounds. The following day, a Customs and Border Read more »

Mesa Resident Arrested for Possession of Cocaine after Girlfriend Finds Drugs in His Shoes

by April 24, 2013

29-year-old Pierson Honahni of Mesa, AZ was arrested for possession of a narcotic drug after his girlfriend found cocaine in his shoes. Apparently, Honahni fell asleep on the couch one evening, and his girlfriend was nice enough to remove his shoes for him. However, after a bag of cocaine fell out, Read more »

Willie Nelson Charged with Possession of Marijuana

by April 22, 2013

Music legend Willie Nelson was found to be in possession of marijuana after Louisiana cops pulled his tour bus over for a traffic stop in the fall of 2006. On September 18, 2006, police noticed the scent of marijuana coming from Mr. Nelson’s bus after pulling him over.  After searching Read more »

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