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Man arrested over drug offenses from the 1980s

For certain alleged drug offenses, law enforcement will continue its pursuit for many years. This is particularly true for those who are considered major suppliers of narcotics. When there is an arrest for drug crimes, there can be serious consequences for a conviction. For those who are accused of being involved with drugs at any level whether it is as a distributor, a dealer or a purchaser, having a legal defense is imperative. One major case from more than 25 years ago has come up again with the arrest of a man who was said to have been involved and fled prior to indictment.

In 1991, members of a group that was referred to as the "Cocaine Cowboys" in Florida were about to be indicted for drug offenses. The group used speedboats to bring cocaine into the U.S. in the 1980s. One man who is accused as having been part of the group disappeared right before he was indicted. Two cohorts, including his brother, were indicted at the time. To the surprise of law enforcement, the one man who escaped indictment by fleeing was found living in a modest home in Florida. The man, 55, lived with his wife under assumed names.

U.S. marshals received information through driver's license records and a 2013 car accident that resulted in them finding a property he lived at years ago that had been in his real name. Law enforcement had kept the house under surveillance when they believed the suspect was there. As he and his wife went for a bike ride, he was placed under arrest. The man admitted his identity after the arrest.

While this is a high-profile case and there appears to be a difficult road for the man to formulate a believable defense, the allegations are from more than two decades ago. Since evidence in drug cases can be complicated in any situation, a case such as this might have certain flaws that make it possible for the defendant to sow reasonable doubt. Numerous strategies can be used to craft a defense. Perhaps the evidence was not accrued under the proper protocol. One of the most important factors in a successful resolution after an arrest for drug offenses is to have experienced legal help. That is the first call that anyone arrested for drugs should make.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Last of drug-smuggling 'Cocaine Cowboys' arrested near Orlando," Curt Anderson, April 13, 2017

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