Drug Trafficking Organization Leader Avoids Possible Life Sentence.
Man charged by the federal government as being a leader of a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine drug trafficking organization. Man was apprehended following a long term investigating involving wiretapped cell phones and undercover confidential informants who participated in controlled purchases of large quantities of crack and powder cocaine. Man was ultimately arrested in his home when police executed a warrant for his arrest. At the time of his arrest, the man was discovered to be in possession of several hundred grams of cocaine and approximately $70,000.00 in cash. The man ultimately pled guilty to conspiring to possess and distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, an offense carrying a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10 years, and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Attorney Calcagni went to extreme measures to gather evidence for the man’s sentencing hearing. This included traveling to the Dominican Republic, where the man is from, and interviewing his many family members who live under poverty stricken circumstances. Attorney Calcagni obtained statements and photos from all of the man’s relatives in the DR, and with these materials, presented a compelling case at the man’s sentencing hearing. As a result of these tremendous efforts, Attorney Calcagni convinced the Court to sentence the man to 124 months in prison – 4 months above the statutory mandatory minimum. Admittedly still a stiff sentence and grim reality for the Defendant, however; another tremendous victory by Attorney Calcagni.