San Diego law enforcement authorities and prosecutors are especially vigilant about investigating and prosecuting drug crimes, particularly those involving the sale, transportation, manufacturing or trafficking of controlled substances.

California Health and Safety Code Section 11352 makes it a felony to sell, transport or import any illegal narcotic into California. Law enforcement authorities usually investigate these drug crimes by engaging in sting operations where decoys are used to arrange a buy of illegal narcotics. Depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case, this arranged purchase may constitute entrapment. Entrapment happens when police action induces an individual to commit an offense they ordinary would be unlikely to commit.

Consequences of Conviction

Manufacturing of a controlled substance, such as in a meth lab, also may result in a felony conviction and a substantial prison term that varies depending on the specific circumstances of your case.

If you’re charged with any drug trafficking offense, you may face state or federal charges. Federal drug trafficking are particularly challenging. Federal prosecutors are well trained and have more resources at their disposal so they are extremely effective at prosecuting drug trafficking offenses.

Defense Strategies

Many times prosecutors build drug trafficking cases based on the use of confidential informants who are themselves either drug users or involved in the drug trafficking trade. Because these informants are of questionable character, I am often able to impeach their credibility at trial and expose the incentives or ulterior motives behind their testimony.

Often in their zeal to build a criminal case, narcotics officers will exaggerate or lie in their reports, or may even arrest you for drugs that they cannot link directly to you. I will examine all of these factual scenarios to develop the best possible defense. I will also draw on my experience as a successful prosecutor in drug trafficking cases to develop an effective defense strategy.

In defending my clients, I work directly with forensics experts, toxicologists and private investigators to analyze the background of police informants and undercover officers and to carefully scrutinize the scope and execution of search warrants and police surveillance. I represent clients involved in drug offenses for a wide range of illicit substances, including methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, mushrooms, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and even prescription drugs obtained without prescription, such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

I handle all drug trafficking offenses, including those involving meth labs and the following:

  • Transportation or importation of narcotics
  • Manufacturing of narcotics
  • Cultivation
  • Distribution of narcotics
  • Sale of Drugs

I diligently seek dismissal of these serious charges or an acquittal after trial for my clients. If you face the serious consequences of a drug trafficking charge, such as manufacturing, transporting, sale or distribution, I will use the same skills and strategies that I employed as a successful prosecutor to fight for your liberty and future.

If you have any questions, contact me for a free consultation where we’ll go over your case and discuss the legal options available to you.