Phoenix Drug Smuggling Lawyer
Were You Caught Smuggling Drugs?
Phoenix is a part of what is called the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which is a major arrival zone for massive quantities of marijuana, methamphetamines, and to a lesser extent, cocaine and heroin entering the United States from Mexico.
Whether you are facing state or federal drug charges for smuggling, you are facing severe penalties and you must contact an aggressive Phoenix drug crime attorney from MayesTelles PLLC.
Why hire our firm?
- Attorney Telles is a former prosecutor
- We defend state and federal drug charges
- Attorney Mayes had handled cases in appellate courts throughout Arizona
- We offer free initial consultations and flexible payment arrangements
Arizona's War on Drugs
Arizona has been engaged in an all-out battle against Mexican drug cartels for years, primarily in the Nogales corridor, which is known for being the most active corridor for marijuana smuggling activity into and all throughout Arizona.
Arizona's vast stretches of remote and sparsely populated desert makes it difficult for law enforcement to patrol, and smugglers are known for carrying backpacks with up to 100 pounds of marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico border.
What Are the Penalties for Drug Smuggling?
Under Title 13, Chapter 34 of Arizona's Revised Statutes, drug smuggling can be charged as "transportation," which depending on whether the drug is marijuana, a narcotic, or a dangerous drug, and depending on the amount, it can be prosecuted as a Class 2 or Class 3 felony offense.
- The penalties for a Class 2 felony, include 3 to 12.5 years in prison and the possibility of fines, mandatory drug testing, and community service.
- The penalties for a Class 3 felony, include 2 to 8.75 years in prison and the possibility of fines, mandatory drug testing, and community service.
If the amount of drugs smuggled into Arizona was a particularly large quantity, then the offender could face federal drug trafficking charges, which involve years in prison and hefty fines.
Fight Your Drug Charges with Our Help
Whether you are facing transportation or federal drug trafficking charges, you need a strong defense attorney now more than ever before. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a conviction for drug smuggling may lead to deportation and it could forever bar you from becoming a U.S. citizen.
Contact a drug crime lawyer from MayesTelles PLLC at once if you were arrested for smuggling drugs into Arizona. We are on your side and we will fight hard to protect your rights and to avoid the maximum penalties under the law!