Whether it occurs along I-10 near Phoenix, Casa Grande, or Tucson, or whether
it occurs along I-40 near Flagstaff, or even along I-17 on the way to
Prescott in Yavapai County, the typical
transportation of marijuana for sale case in Arizona can usually be broken down into a few simple points:
- A police officer makes a traffic stop;
- The police officer checks the driver's license and registration;
- The police officer writes the driver a warning;
- The police officer asks for consent to search;
- If the driver refuses to give consent, a K-9 officer quickly arrives;
- The dog 'indicates' that there is marijuana or drugs in the car;
- Police search the car;
- The driver is arrested for transportation of marijuana for sale.
We've seen this situation dozens of times when we have represented
clients charged with marijuana trafficking offenses all over Arizona.
Our recent results document just some of the results that we have obtained
for clients charged with
serious drug offenses in Arizona state and federal courts.
How Do We Do It?
Like any other niche area of practice, we analyze and scrutinize every
detail leading up to the police officer's arrest of our client. We
look at things like the circumstances of the traffic stop, any video that
may have been taken, issues surrounding a consent to search, as well as
issues related to any narcotic detection dogs that were involved.
As an example, one of our clients was charged with transportation of marijuana
for sale in Yavapai County near Prescott, after a scenario that mirrored
the one above resulted in the discovery of 700 pounds of marijuana in
his truck. Through diligent investigation and good old-fashioned hard
work, we discovered that the arresting officer targeted out of state drivers
and that 92% of his traffic stops were on vehicles with out of state license
plates. Let's just say our client walked away a very free and happy man.
Commercial Trucking Cases
Usually, when a police officer pulls over a commercial truck or tractor-trailer,
it's no accident. It is not uncommon for police to have a heads up
or warning from other officers that the truck is headed their way. This
is usually indicative of a much larger ongoing investigation, which sometimes
involves a federal wiretap.
When a truck driver is charged with transportation of marijuana for sale
in Arizona, it's no laughing matter and not one that should be taken
lightly. We have seen people arrested and quickly released, not realizing
that police are waiting in the wings as part of a broader investigation.
But by hiring an experienced
Phoenix criminal defense attorney who understands and who has successfully defended large marijuana conspiracy
cases for years in Arizona, they can turn the tables and take control
of their case and their future.
If you have been arrested for transporting marijuana for sale,
contact the Law Office of Jason D. Lamm today and
schedule a consultation with our Phoenix criminal defense lawyer!