Mr. Dudley has an almost unparalleled degree of experience as a drug-trafficking lawyer in both federal and state courts. He has represented several defendants charged under federal organized crime statutes.
He has represented numerous others accused of performing various drug-trafficking roles, ranging from the supervision of international narcotics distribution and the manufacture of many kinds of drugs to the transportation of large drug quantities and the street-level distribution of controlled substances.
Mr. Dudley has defended against serious drug trafficking charges across the country. These prosecutions have involved as much as:
- Several hundred kilograms of cocaine
- Trafficking marijuana (up to fifty tons)
- Heroin trafficking (Multi-kilogram amounts)
- Hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine
- Gallons of PCP
- Hundreds of LSD hits
- Several hundred thousand ecstasy tablets
Mr. Dudley has also represented many defendants charged with possessing precursor chemicals or equipment used for drug production.
Experienced Drug-Trafficking Lawyer
Mr. Dudley has repeatedly secured acquittals, dismissals and other favorable results for drug defendants, often in the most difficult jurisdictions, with substantial evidence against them. He has extensive experience with search-and-seizure law, both federal and state, and has successfully moved for the suppression of evidence on numerous occasions.
An expert at practicing under the federal sentencing guidelines, Mr. Dudley, without significant exception, finds a way to achieve the lowest possible sentence for his clients after negotiated dispositions or pleas to the court.
Often in federal drug trafficking cases, the most important battle is the first one – the battle for release on bond. Although there is presumption of detention in the majority federal drug cases, almost all of Mr. Dudley's clients obtain release pending trial.
Drug Trafficking Information & Laws
Drug trafficking is defined as the illegal commercial exchange of illicit narcotics, as well as the equipment and products used to make and use the drugs. Drug trafficking laws vary from state to state, however, the severity of the drug trafficking charges filed in a particular case, along with the associated sentence (upon conviction), will vary according to:
- The type and amount of the drug
- Whether anyone was killed during the illicit act
- Whether the accused has a criminal history
Serious drug trafficking charges involve:
- Large amounts of Schedule I or II drugs (the most serious, dangerous narcotic classification that includes heroin, cocaine, PCP, etc.)
- The death of one or more individuals during the alleged act of trafficking
- The accused having a history of prior drug convictions violent crime convictions
- Drug trafficking charges may be subject to mandatory minimum sentencing laws
Contact a Highly Qualified Drug-Trafficking Attorney
If you or a loved one is involved in a major drug-trafficking case, you will need a qualified and highly skilled drug-trafficking lawyer. Contact Mr. Dudley for a thorough evaluation of your case.
More Drug-Trafficking Info
- Common penalties for drug trafficking
- U.S. v. L.C.: Defendant with multiple prior felony drug convictions arrested with several kilograms of cocaine on the table at which he was sitting when law-enforcement agents entered his hotel room. The jury found him NOT GUILTY on all charges.
- U.S. v. C.B.: Defendant allegedly delivered several kilograms of cocaine to an undercover DEA agent. The jury found him NOT GUILTY on all charges.
- U.S. v. L.C.: Defendant purportedly observed by police officers transporting over one kilogram of crack cocaine later seized by those officers. The jury found him NOT GUILTY on all charges.
- U.S. v. J.C.: Defendant attempted to receive over 100 kilograms of cocaine from undercover federal agents and later charged with being a drug kingpin under 18 U.S.C. section 848. The jury found him NOT GUILTY of the kingpin charges.
- U.S. v. J.G.: Defendant allegedly observed by federal agents in possession of several ounces of heroin. The jury found him NOT GUILTY on all charges.
- U.S. v. F.F.: Defendant arrested at residence with over ten kilograms of cocaine in a parked car on the property. The judge DISMISSED all charges at the end of the government's case.
- U.S. v. T.A.: Defendant arrested leaving residence at which over 60 kilograms were seized. After a HUNG JURY, the charges were reduced and the defendant received a sentence of less than four years.
- U.S. v. L.E.: Defendant accused of being a major participant in a nationwide marijuana trafficking conspiracy. At trial, all the defendants were convicted except for him. After a HUNG JURY, he received only several months of imprisonment.
- U.S. v. A.G.: Defendant, owner of two liquor stores, arrested for allegedly supplying an undercover informant with pseudoephedrine and charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. He was also charged with carrying a firearm during the crime. At trial, the judge DISMISSED the methamphetamine counts and the jury found him NOT GUILTY of the gun offense.
- U.S. v. U.F.: Defendant arrested in house with large quantity of crack cocaine. During trial, the government DISMISSED the indictment and the defendant pleaded guilty to one lesser charge, receiving only several months of imprisonment.
- U.S. v. J.L.: Defendant, previously convicted of being a drug kingpin under federal law, was charged with conspiring to purchase large quantity of cocaine. After the defense presented substantial evidence of government entrapment, the prosecution DISMISSED the indictment and the defendant pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, receiving only three years of imprisonment.
- U.S. v. M.G.: Defendant charged in an international conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana. Based upon information produced by the defense investigation, the government DISMISSED all drug charges and the defendant later received a term of PROBATION with no prison time.
- People v. F.G.: Defendant arrested in a house with 300 kilograms of cocaine. At trial, the court DISMISSED the quantity enhancement. The defendant later received a sentence of four years, serving half of it.
- People v. C.F.: Defendant arrested at his residence where police found large quantities of many drugs. The denial of his motion to suppress evidence was REVERSED on appeal and his case was subsequently DISMISSED.
- State v. J.S.: Owner of major music company arrested in car with quantities of multiple controlled substances. Defense investigation was able to show that, in all likelihood, the police had planted those drugs in the vehicle. Consequently, the district attorney DISMISSED all charges.
- U.S. v. R.U.: Defendant, who owned an auto repair shop, was accused of supplying a nationwide PCP manufacturing ring with chemicals. Pursuant to a pre-indictment agreement, the defendant received PROBATION with no prison time.
- U.S. v. K.P.: Defendant accused of supervising the distribution of several hundred kilograms of cocaine in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Pursuant to a negotiated settlement, the defendant received a sentence of less than three years.
- U.S. v. S.G.: Defendant, a well-known rapper, arrested unloading several hundred pounds of marijuana from a vehicle into his house. After pleading guilty to a marijuana conspiracy charge, the defendant received only six months of actual prison time.
- U.S. v. P.T.: Defendant arrested transporting a large quantity of ecstacy from California to Arizona. After pleading guilty to an ecstacy conspiracy charge, the defendant received only six months of actual prison time.
- U.S. v. C.B.: In a case which received nationwide publicity because the Nicaraguan informant had previously distributed tons of cocaine in the United States while working for the CIA, the defendant was accused of attempting to purchase 100 kilograms of cocaine from that informant. After pleading guilty, over government objection, the defendant received a prison term of only six and one-half years.
- U.S. v. G.L.: Defendant was accused of importing tens of thousands of ecstacy hits into the United States and attempting to kill the government's key witness. Pursuant to a plea agreement, the defendant received a prison term of only seven years.
- U.S. v. R.L.: Defendant accused of distributing several hundred kilograms of cocaine in Nashville, Tennessee. Over government objection, the defendant was sentenced to less than five years in prison.
- U.S. v. A.R.: Defendant accused of violating federal kingpin laws by organizing a group which distributed over 500 kilograms of cocaine in the area of Kansas City, Missouri. Via settlement negotiations, the defendant was able to plead to a lesser conspiracy charge and, over government objection, received a prison term of only eight years.
- U.S. v. U.J.: Defendant indicted for participating in a large cocaine and marijuana trafficking conspiracy. Through a negotiated settlement, the defendant pleaded guilty to possessing over 100 kilograms of marijuana in exchange for the dismissal of the cocaine and other charges. At sentencing, he received a prison term of only eighteen months.
- People v. J.R.: Defendant arrested for possession of 200 pounds of marijuana. Over the prosecution's objection, the judge was persuaded to sentence him to PROBATION with no jail time.
- People v. J.D.: Defendant arrested in possession of one kilogram of cocaine and two pounds of methamphetamine. Pursuant to a plea agreement, the defendant received a term of PROBATION with no jail time.
- State v. W.A.: Defendant arrested when leaving their house at which police found 12 kilograms of cocaine. Through a negotiated plea agreement, the defendant received DEFERRED ADJUDICATION with no custody time.
- State v. F.J.: Defendant, who had multiple prior convictions for narcotics offenses and violent crimes, was arrested after police observed him in possession of two gallons of PCP. As part of a negotiated settlement, the defendant received a non-aggravated prison tem of four years, serving only one.