10 Miami-Dade defendants facing federal criminal charges for cocaine trafficking

Ten men have been arrested and charged with drug smuggling in Miami.

The defendants lived in Hialeah and ranged in age from 37 to 58. They have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute cocaine after an investigation by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Office of Homeland Security and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

A federal criminal defense attorney in Miami will need to represent each defendant in this case. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible — even if you have not been charged but believe you are being targeted by investigators. The sooner an experienced and aggressive attorney can begin representing you, the better the outcome for many defendants facing drug charges in South Florida. Additionally, it is extremely important that you not provide any statements to law enforcement without your attorney present. Nor should you talk about your case with fellow inmates, or even loved ones. Frequently — very frequently — it is a defendant’s own statements — or the alleged statements he made to a friend, relative or cellmate — that provide the state with the best evidence for conviction.

When facing drug charges in Miami, you have the right to remain silent. Exercise it.

In this case, the defendants are accused of smuggling cocaine from Juarez, Mexico to the United States, first through El Paso, Texas and then on into South Florida. The defendants are then charged with distributing the cocaine throughout South and Central Florida. Authorities report the investigation has already led to 19 arrests and seven conviction. Federal agents also reported the seizure of 25 kilos of cocaine and more than $1.5 million in cash, along with jewelry and several luxury automobiles.

Assisting federal authorities were officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Coral Gables Police Department and the West Miami Police Department.