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Man Arrested Trying to Smuggle Marijuana Ashore on Surfboard

He Will Need an Experienced California Criminal Defense Attorney

A Mexican national was arrested about 200 yards off of Imperial Beach by U.S. Border patrol officials, according to an article by Tony Perry on the June 9th, 2009 Los Angeles Times website.

The man was allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into the United States via his surfboard, which he was seen on paddling off the shores of Imperial Beach. When agents ordered the surfer to come ashore, he threw a blue duffel bag into the water, the Border Patrol said. That duffel bag later washed ashore where officials discovered that it contained five packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $74,400.

The marijuana weighed approximately 25 pounds. The man, whose name was not released by officials, admitted to being in the country illegally.

Possession of drugs in California (or drug paraphernalia) can be a felony or a misdemeanor in California, depending on the amount and type of drugs that the individual possesses. Possessing large amounts of drugs, or cultivating or selling drugs, is more likely to be a felony with serious penalties attached. In this instance, you can add federal immigration charges to the mix, in addition to the drug charges.

Anyone involved in a situation where they are being charged with serious drug crimes needs to acquire the services of an experienced Southern California drug charge attorney to help defend their rights. The stakes in these cases cannot be higher. Serious fines and jail time are almost always involved with drug trafficking charges. An experienced drug possession attorney can help argue the best defense possible, in some instances lessening the charges and helping the accused avoid jail time or having the case dismissed outright.

With over 30 years of experience, Wallin & Klarich attorneys have dealt with all aspects of drug charges before, and will be able to give you the best possible chance to win in court. Our aggressive attorneys are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to advise you on your case. Call us today at 1-888-280-6839. Also, visit us online at www.wklaw.com to learn more about your case and what can be done.

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