Four arrested on charges of marijuana trafficking in Miami

Four men are facing criminal drug charges in Miami after authorities say they were attempting to smuggle 800 pounds of pot ashore, NBC News reported.

It will be critical in this case for the defendants to consult a Miami criminal defense lawyer experienced with handling federal drug charges. The Drug Enforcement Administration guidelines call for the maximum penalty available for defendants charged with marijuana trafficking in Miami when the weight exceeds about 500 pounds. In this case, the defendants face a penalty of up to life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. Fines of up to $10 million are possible. A 20-year minimum sentence is called for if a defendant has a previous conviction.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that the four men were arrested after being found adrift in a boat a few miles east of Miami. Customs and Border Protection agents spotted the 45-foot boat from the air and a search of the vessel found pot stuffed in the forward cabin, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The captain of the ship was arrested. And officers then arranged to meet the suspects who were supposed to receive the marijuana and those three men were also placed under arrest.

Last month, we reported on our Miami Criminal Attorney Blog that 10 men were facing charges of cocaine smuggling in Miami-Dade. In that case, the men were accused of smuggling the drugs from Mexico via El Paso, Texas. Federal agents seized 25 kilos of cocaine worth $1.5 million in cash. So far, 19 people have been arrested as part of that investigation.