A Long Beach, California man was arrested by federal agents for attempting to smuggle more than four pounds of methamphetamine from Los Angeles to Japan. The meth was disguised as Snickers bars.
Rogelio Harris, 34, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations just before boarding a flight to Japan.
He is facing federal criminal charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. If he is convicted, he could face 10 years in prison or even a maximum sentence penalty of life in prison.
Screening agents were checking baggage when they observed a large box that was labeled as Snickers bars inside his luggage and found individually wrapped candy bars.
Each bar was coated in a chocolate substance that made it appear to be a real candy bar. However, agents tested them and discovered they actually contained a white, crystalline substance that was determined to be methamphetamine.
Use of Methamphetamine has become a big problem in California. Prosecutors are aggressively attempting to crack down on manufacture, sale and use of methamphetamine. If you are facing federal drug crime charges in Los Angeles, you will need to contact an experienced drug crime defense lawyer to have any chance of avoiding a conviction.
Methamphetamine is also known as meth, speed, and crystal meth. Possession of methamphetamine is covered under California Heath & Safety Code 11377. This law allows for misdemeanor or felony criminal charges depending upon the details of your case. Sale of meth is covered under Health & Safety Code 11379 and methamphetamine possession with intent to sell is covered under HS 11378.
The Los Angeles drug crime lawyers at the law office of Cron, Israels & Stark serve clients in LA and throughout the state of California. We have had success in having our clients charges dismissed or reduced. There are also other options available, such as alternative sentencing as a drug diversion program and rehabilitation services. We have decades of experience defending state or federal methamphetamine criminal charges. If you are now facing a meth charge, call our office for a free case evaluation.