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Because the U.S. is continually seeking to minimize the impacts of drug sale, possession, and use, it relentlessly pursues drug-related crimes and imposes harsh penalties for a conviction. This is especially true in cases involving the smuggling of controlled substances. If you have been charged with this offense, the situation may seem hopeless, as the prosecutor might have collected various pieces of evidence to build their case. However, it's important to know that pleading guilty to a drug smuggling charge is not your only option. To learn more about defenses that could be mounted in your case, speak with an experienced attorney immediately.

At Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, our skilled lawyer has handled numerous complex cases and has represented clients in federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. We know the complexities of the federal criminal justice process and will be on your side throughout your case, providing sound legal advice and guidance. By listening to your side of the story, we will build an effective strategy to fight your charges and seek a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Get started on your defense today by calling us at (617) 227-3700.

What Is Drug Smuggling?

Drug smuggling is an offense that occurs when you move a controlled substance across state or country lines. Often, the means of transportation is secret or illicit, meaning that a seemingly legitimate product, such as a doll, may be used to hide the substance. Transporting any type of illegal drug or prescription medication in this manner may lead to a federal drug smuggling charge.

What Is Considered a Controlled Substance?

The U.S. government regulates certain drugs and medications, which it classifies into 5 schedules. A drug appearing on any one of the schedules is considered a controlled substance.

The drug schedules are based on their addictiveness, potential for abuse, and medical use, and are listed as follows:

  • Schedule I: These have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. Substances on this schedule include, but are not limited to, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and ecstasy.
  • Schedule II: The potential for abuse for these substances is high, and they may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Various substances are categorized into this schedule, including, but not limited to, cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and Ritalin.
  • Schedule III: The potential for psychological or physical dependence on these drugs is moderate to low, and the potential for abuse is less than that of Schedule I and II substances. The drugs in this schedule include ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone.
  • Schedule IV: The substances in this schedule have a low potential for abuse and psychological or physical dependence. A few examples of these controlled substances include Valium, Ambien, Xanax, and Tramadol.
  • Schedule V: These substances have the lowest potential for abuse. Schedule V substances include cough preparations with less than 200 mg of codeine, Lomotil, Motofen, and Lyrica.

What Is the Prison Sentence for a Drug Smuggling Conviction?

The punishments you could face for being found guilty of drug smuggling are harsh. A conviction could lead to years to life in federal prison and thousands to million dollars in fines. The specific penalties depend on your circumstances, such as the amount and type of controlled substance, your criminal history, and any aggravating factors (for instance, if the alleged offense resulted in injury or death).

Get Help Defending Your Case

At Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, our Boston drug smuggling lawyer is ready to fight aggressively on your behalf. We will thoroughly examine the specifics of your case, discuss your legal options, and build a solid defense strategy.

Speak with us today by calling (617) 227-3700 or filling out an online contact form.

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Significant Cases

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Bravo Fernandez

    (722 F3d 1, 1st Cir, 2013): Federal Court of Appeals reversed conviction of a leading businessman in Puerto Rico for federal programs bribery holding that gratuities cannot, legally, be the basis for such a conviction.

  • Acquittal US v Bravo-Fernandez

    18-1358 (1st Cir, 2019): First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a conviction of a business executive for bribing a Puerto Rico Senator holding that the Government failed to meet each essential element of proof under 18 USC 666, and ordering the entry of a judgment of acquittal.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Casellas-Toro

    (1st Cir, 2015): Appellate reversal of a federal false statement conviction due to a "Rare application of the presumption of prejudice resulting from pervasive publicity from prior case”

  • Acquittal US v DiMasi

    Acquittal of Richard Vitale on federal honest services charges in corruption case involving former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi

  • Dismissed Charges US v Handa

    892 F.3d 95 (1st Cir. 2018): Dismissal of bank and wire fraud charges against business owner on Speedy Trial grounds due to delay between indictment and his arrest returning to the US from India.

  • Acquittal US v Pappathanasi

    Acquittal of defendant charged with conspiracy to evade taxes in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371.

  • Reversal of Convictions US v Tavares

    (1st Cir, Dec. 2016): 1st Circuit Court of Appeals reversal of RICO and mail fraud convictions in a public corruption case.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Vazquez-Rivera

    665 F3d 351 CA 1 (2011): Reversal of child pornography conviction based on improper admission of opinion evidence from FBI agent which prejudiced defendant’s right to a fair trial.