Drug Case Results

Drug evidence suppressed: Client was charged with possession with intent to deliver over a quarter kilogram of cocaine and faced a mandatory minimum sentence of nine years in prison. Mr. Meczyk and Mr. Goldberg filed a motion to suppress evidence and quash arrest, arguing that the police officers violated client's rights when they detained and search the car he was in. After a lengthy hearing the judge granted the motion and excluded the evidence against him. Client was released on a signature bond.

Drug charges reduced: Client was charged with possession with the intent to deliver approximately 1.5 kilograms of cocaine after police officers executed a search warrant on his home. Our firm filed motions to suppress statements that were allegedly made after his arrest. Client faced a minimum of 15 years in prison and possibly more given his criminal history. At the hearing, Mr. Meczyk cross-examined a detective about the promises he made to client. After cross-examination, the prosecution drastically reduced the charges and offered client a deal where he would plead guilty to a lesser charge and serve half of a five-year sentence, a deal he gladly accepted.

Drug possession charges dismissed: Client was charged with possession with intent to deliver over 2,000 pills of ecstasy and possession of several stolen motor vehicles, all Class X felonies. Mr. Meczyk argued that the client has been arrested without probable cause. The court agreed and held that the subsequent search that uncovered the contraband was also illegal. The state could not proceed to trial and all charges were dismissed.

Drug possession charges dismissed: In a state prosecution of a drug case for possession of cocaine, Mr. Meczyk and Mr. Goldberg, filed a motion to suppress the drugs. After a hearing on the motion, the judge suppressed the drugs and the state's attorney dropped the charges.

Drug possession charges dismissed: Client was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Mr. Meczyk filed a motion to produce an alleged informer. The state did not produce the alleged informer and the case was dismissed.

Drug conspiracy case dismissed: Client was charged with a drug conspiracy that involved cocaine and heroin. According to the government, telephone records linked client to a vast criminal drug conspiracy. After a hotly contested hearing on a motion to suppress evidence, the federal district court judge held that the FBI violated client's Fourth Amendment rights and he suppressed the phone and phone records that the FBI illegally seized. The FBI informer and a co-defendant were going to testify against Mr. Ramirez at trial. However, after losing the motion to suppress, the government concluded that it could not proceed to trial without the suppressed evidence and dismissed all charges against Mr. Ramirez.

Drug charges dismissed: The prosecutor was forced to dismiss charges that included half a kilo of cocaine, 50lb of cannabis and three guns. After Mr. Meczyk successfully argued a motion to quash the search warrant (Franks hearing), the judge ordered the prosecutor to reveal the name of an informer. The prosecutor claimed that the informer was dead and the charges against Mr. Marchan were dismissed.

Drug case; not-guilty verdict: Client was charged with possession with intent to deliver 24 kilos of cocaine. We took the case to trial, and after a week-long trial, the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY. Two other co-defendants pled guilty before trial and received eight years in prison.

Transporting drugs; case dismissed: Two defendants were stopped for a traffic violation on a highway near Springfield, Missouri. They were later arrested for transporting about 70lb of cocaine inside the gas tank of the car. We represented both defendants. After filing a motion to suppress the evidence and quash the illegal arrest, the prosecutor dismissed all charges against both clients.

Drug trafficking conviction OVERTURNED: Our client was convicted of trafficking marijuana at the trial level. The conviction was upheld on appeal. We took the case to the Supreme Court of Illinois and WON. We argued that our client, who was pulled over for speeding, should not have been subjected to a canine sniff at the time. Marijuana was found in the trunk of client's car as a result of the canine sniff. The Supreme Court of Illinois overturned our client's conviction, because the canine sniff enlarged the scope of the routine traffic stop without a real reason to do so.

Marijuana charges reduced, sentence drastically reduced: In a state prosecution of a drug case where more than 300 kilograms of marijuana were seized, the defendant was charged with a Class X felony and faced at least a six-year sentence. Mr. Meczyk filed a motion to suppress the drugs. Upon review of the motion, the state's attorney conceded and reduced the charges. The defendant was freed and received two years' probation.

Drug trafficking conviction vacated: Client was convicted of controlled substance trafficking at the trial level. Client had paid someone to transport drugs from California to Massachusetts. The person was pulled over in Illinois, the car was searched, and the drugs discovered. The prosecutor gave the person immunity to testify against client at trial, but not at a motion to suppress hearing. The appeals court agreed with us that our client was denied due process because of this lack of immunity. The conviction was vacated and the case went back to trial court for further proceedings.

Cocaine charges, lesser sentence received: Mr. Meczyk persuaded the federal judge during a long sentencing hearing to sentence the defendant to 10 years, rather than the recommended 24 years.

Drug evidence suppressed: A judge suppressed 12 kilos of marijuana after a motion to suppress argued by Mr. Meczyk.

Cocaine possession, motion to suppress: An undercover DEA agent went into the Chicago apartment where defendants were staying. A drug deal was set up, and then the agent told officers outside the building that he had seen cocaine in the apartment. Two minutes later, the agents broke down the apartment door and entered the apartment and conducted a search, without a warrant. We moved to suppress the cocaine evidence because the search was in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The court agreed that the search was illegal. The motion to suppress was successful.

Drug charges reduced: Over 100 grams of cocaine (a Class X felony with a minimum of six years) were seized. Mr. Meczyk filed a motion to suppress the drugs. Upon review of the motion, the state's attorney reduced the charges and the defendant received two years' probation.