Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance

Illegal drug cases will vary in their type of defense dependent on the nature of substance, quantities established, among many other variables. Each case brought against a client who has retained our firm will differ, and our defense of any allegations will be handled based on an array of known facts and available, as well as creative defenses.

If you or someone close to you becomes aware of an investigation being underway or if criminal charges have been filed for drug conspiracy and/or distribution, call now or schedule an appointment to come into my conveniently located Fort Lauderdale office for a free consultation.

The next grouping of pages will speak directly about different types of cases regarding charges involving controlled substances.

Methcathinone (α-methylamino-propiophenone or ephedrine, methylendioy -N -Methylcathinone also known as Methylone) is categorized as a recreational drug. It is a Schedule I narcotic making it illegal to possess, produce or sell by the public in any form. It is decidedly mentally addictive and has no therapeutic value or clinical use. Its effects give the user a feeling of exhilaration and amplified awareness. It is closely interrelated to methamphetamine. The effects of this type of narcotic are due to the brain releasing dopamine upon its consumption. It was originally manufactured in the U.S. in the 1920’s and was later used in the Soviet Union as an anti-depressant, later in that century.

In a recent criminal filing that we feature on our Website, an ongoing complaint can be followed regarding a complaint filed referring to a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute this drug.

The defendant, Omar Wala agreed to a guilty plea under rule 20 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure which allows a defendant who was arrested in a jurisdiction other than the one he was indicted to enter a guilty plea in front of the Court of the jurisdiction he was detained. The official order was presented on October 3, 2013 when the Court found the defendant knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily had sufficient timeframe to consult with an attorney in Brooklyn, New York.

According to the complaint, between early September of 2012 and mid-July 2013 the defendant along with possible coconspirators intentionally and knowingly conspired to possess and distribute the declared controlled substance which was categorized as a Schedule I substance. This controlled substance contained 3, 4-methlrlenedioxlz-N-methlrlcathinone (methylone).

The defendant was given notice that upon his conviction by way of his guilty plea of this offense that he would have to forfeit any property derived from the proceeds as well as any property used to aid in the commission of the crime. It has been pointed out that pursuant to Title 21 of the US code, section 853(p) the United States will be seeking the defendant to forfeit any other property he owns up to the value described in the complaint.

On 11/05/2013, an unopposed motion to transfer the New York case by the US against the defendant was transferred to U. S. District Court Judge James I. Cohn for its plea and sentencing. Agreement between the US District Court Judge and the defendant’s attorney, established the transfer. Upon acceptance of this motion the case will now stand by the case number: 13-20828-CR-COHN

On November 8, 2013 a Notice of Hearing was issued for a change of plea hearing which was set for Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:30 in the morning before the presiding US District Judge.

The maximum fine and term of incarceration for a Schedule I substance conviction is $250,000/$1 million and up to 5 years in prison for less than 1 gram and $1/5 million and up to 20 years of incarceration for any weight of more than one gram. Source: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL30722.pdf

Conveniently located in central Fort Lauderdale as well as maintaining an office in West Palm Beach, the law office of Michael B. Cohen, Esq. has dealt with diverse categories of cases concerning drug charges brought against clients that we’ve represented. We are skilled in the defense of federal cases as well as those levied by the State. We pride ourselves on the ability to deliver the best possible outcome under the law based on the evidence presented, and our vast knowledge of the statute laws of the State of Florida if a case goes to trial. We are also experienced in attaining the best possible outcomes for our clients if a plea deal is offered by the prosecution.


Michael B. Cohen is an exceptional board certified criminal defense attorney specializing in drug charges brought forward by the State of Florida or the federal government.

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