U.S. law treats drug distribution charges very seriously, and suspects who face multiple charges can easily find themselves sentenced to extremely long prison terms. This is the situation that a Wisconsin man finds himself in this month after being arrested and charged with cocaine distribution. If convicted, the 28-year-old man may spend the rest of his life in prison.
The man's case is complicated by the fact that he apparently fled the country after he was charged with drug and weapons violations. He seems to have resided in Mexico for the past year, until he was arrested by authorities there earlier this month and deported back to America. He was indicted by a federal grand jury upon his return; he now faces four counts of cocaine distribution, one count of violating court-imposed release conditions and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Very little else has been made clear about the man's case, or about what evidence the prosecution is basing their allegations upon. If the case goes to trial, those involved with the case could encounter some difficulties due to the age of the evidence. Memories can easily fade or be influenced by subsequent events; witness testimony, therefore, may not be entirely reliable. In addition, prosecutors must be able to show that any physical evidence related to the case was obtained and cared for properly; failure to do so could result in the evidence being thrown out of court.
Drug crimes are serious offenses, and as this case proves, they can come with very serious penalties. It is important, therefore, that people accused of such crimes contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can ensure that they are given a fair trial.
Source: wtaq.com, "Man facing life prison term for allegedly fleeing U.S. after drug, weapons charges," Oct. 18, 2012