CBS Miami reports on a criminal case involving an ex-postal worker who has been charged with intent to distribute. Prosecutors have accused the former mail carrier of accepting money for redirecting packages that contained marijuana.
The 53-year-old defendant allegedly accepted a bribe from an unidentified man to redirect parcels that were addressed to one recipient to someone else. Police arrested the woman, and she now faces federal charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
The judge released the woman on a $50,000 bond. Police are still investigating the case.
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How Does a Prosecutor Prove Possession with Intent to Distribute?
Pursuant to Florida Statute Section 893.13(1)(a), it is unlawful to manufacture, sell, or deliver a controlled substance. It is also unlawful to possess a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver. Violating this statute can result in second or third degree felony charges, depending on the substance in question.
In order to prove possession with intent to distribute, the prosecutor must demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The defendant was aware of the substance in his or her possession;
- The defendant intended to sell or deliver the substance; and
- The substance in possession was a controlled substance pursuant to Florida Statute Section 893.03.
There are several ways that the prosecutor can prove the defendant intended to sell or deliver the substance in question. Evidence might include the presence or possession of:
- Large amounts of cash;
- Little baggies consistent with drug sales;
- Drug manufacturing or distributing paraphernalia including scales, rolling papers, mixing devices, and testing kits;
- Weapons; or
- A large amount of the controlled substance.
How Can a Defendant Fight Drug Charges Involving Intent to Distribute?
There are countless ways to defend against charges of possession with intent to distribute. The most effective approach for your particular situation is ultimately going to depend on the circumstances surrounding your case.
Sometimes, a lack of knowledge regarding the presence of drugs is an effective defense. For example, if police found you driving a vehicle that was carrying illegal substances but you were simply borrowing your friend’s car because yours was in the shop, you may be able to argue that you had no knowledge of the drugs in your possession.
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Call 1-877-639-4404 to schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale. You can learn more about criminal defense strategies in Florida by visiting the USAttorneys website.