Drug Importation

Importing drugs into the United States and the State of Florida is a serious offense.  Laws prohibiting the illegal importation of controlled substances carry mandatory minimum sentences and punishment of up to life in prison based on the type and amount of the substance being imported.  In fact, each of the most commonly imported substances including heroin, cocaine, Methylenedioxymethcathinone (MDMC, Bath Salts, Flakka), Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy), Methylone (Molly), and cannabis (marijuana) are all subject to such penalties.

Drug importation is a felony under Florida State law and Federal law.  Generally speaking, drugs such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, MDMA, and Molly are imported into the United States by vehicle, ship, and aircraft. Traditional drug “mules” may import drugs on (or in) their bodies or by using hidden compartments in vehicles, boats, and planes. However, the recent surge in the use of synthetic substances such as Methylone has intensified importation by common carries such as EMS (Express Mail Service), USPS (United States Postal Service), Federal Express (Fed Ex), UPS (United Parcel Service), and other shipping carriers.  Regardless of the method though, the importation of controlled substances is a serious felony offense in both Federal court and the State of Florida.

In order to be found guilty of drug importation under federal law, the government must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that:

  1. The defendant brought a controlled substance into the United States from a place outside the United States;
  2. The defendant knew the substance brought into the United States was a controlled substance; and
  3. The defendant knew that the controlled substance would enter the United States.

Similarly, in order to be found guilty of importation under State law, the State must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that:

  1. The defendant knowingly possessed, sold, purchased, manufactured, delivered, orbroughtinto Florida a certain substance;
  2. The substance is the drug that it is alleged to be, or a mixture thereof.

Attorney Paul Petruzzi has over twenty years of experience defending drug cases.  He has represented hundreds of clients charged with, or under investigation for various drug offenses in both State and Federal courts.  When faced with such serious consequences, it is extremely important to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.  Attorney Paul Petruzzi’s knowledge and expertise in this field of law is a vital asset to anyone charged with these crimes.

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