Those arrested were Kevin Johnson, of Miramar; Desmond Bullock, of West
Park; Odis Lumpkin, of Miami; Travis Baker, of Miami Gardens; and Christopher
Grayson, Jonathan Witherspoon, Jasmine Simmons and Charles Bernard Walker,
all of Hollywood.
The FBI, Fort Lauderdale police, Broward Sheriff's Office,
and Hollywood police investigated.
While this article deals with the sale of cocaine as a federal offense,
cocaine possession, sales, and
trafficking in cocaine
encompass a significant percentage of both Miami-Dade County and Broward
It's no secret that Miami-Dade County serves as a portal to the nation's
drug trade. In response to this, law enforcement has dedicated resources
to catching suspected cocaine sellers and traffickers through the use
of surveillance, confidential informants, and sting operations.
While possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell cocaine
do not carry mandatory minimum sentences
, sale of cocaine within 1000 feet of a school and trafficking in cocaine
both carry mandatory prison time.
I have experience with cocaine cases, both as a
in the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, and as a
Miami-Dade County criminal defense attorney
who represents clients in Miami-Dade and Broward.
Cocaine is always treated as a felony
, unlike marijuana
which is considered a misdemeanor if the possession amount is less than
20 grams. Any amount of cocaine, even the residue left inside of a baggie,
can be considered felony possession.
Regarding sale of cocaine, this charge comes from the facts of the case,
not necessarily the weight of the drugs. If an officer alleged that he
or she saw you sell, or perhaps it is alleged that you sold to an undercover
cop, then the charge of possession with intent to sell will be filed.
Also, the packaging of the drugs (separate baggies), the paraphernalia
found (scales, baggies), and/or large amounts of cash can cause an officer,
and the State Attorney's Office, to file possession with intent to sell.
With trafficking, this serious felony charge always depends on the weight
of the drugs. You do not need to actually sell or transport drugs in order
to be charged with trafficking. Simply possessing 28 or more grams of
cocaine will cause you to be charged with trafficking.
Cocaine crimes are serious. Even simple possession-level charges carry
maximum prison sentences of 5 years. And if you are convicted of possession
of cocaine (even if the sentence is just credit for time served), Florida
law mandates that you driver's license be suspended for 2 years!
If you or a loved one have been charged with a cocaine-related offense,
call me today.