Today’s international drug importation cases are very different from
the importation cases of years past. Traditionally, multi-kilogram drug
importation cases involved smuggling narcotics in shipping containers
on commercial airlines, by cargo vessel, or overland by tractor trailer.
The internet and global free trade agreements have fundamentally changed
all of this. While traditional importation cases still exists for many
“traditional” types of drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine,
a very different importation model has been steadily gaining traction.
Part I of three puts exposure in the Miami herald in examining this trend.
Calling it “The China Pipeline,” the series examines several
cases and clients we have represented for synthetic drugs.
Our office has been on the cutting edge of every development in the defense
of importation drug smuggling cases for over 20 years. Within the past
several years, we have been retained to defend several significant international
drug smuggling cases involving the distribution of synthetic drugs such
as Methylone, Ethylone, EBMC, MDPV, Alpha PVP and others. Each of these
cases involved clients who ordered the drugs over the internet directly
from the suppler in China with payment made by bitcoin, wire transfer
or Western Union. The Chinese supplier then shipped the illegal drugs
using the post office or other common carriers such as Federal Express.
Typically, the shipments were labeled with false labels indicating contents
other than the drugs that were ordered. The shipments were then usually
delivered to drop sites such as P.O. boxes or business locations.
A link to the first part in the Miami Herald’s series is here: