International Drug Ring Busted in Washington, DC Metro Area: 18 Charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance Known as "Khat"
According to a recent story in the Washington Post, 18 members a suspected international drug trafficking ring allegedly headed by Yonis Muhudin Ishak were arrested on conspiracy and controlled substance charges. 10 members of the organization were arrested in the Washington, DC Metro area. According to reports, the controlled substance involved is known as "Khat." Khat is a plant with leaves containing the drug cathinone, which is an addictive stimulant that has been compared to cocaine or methamphetamine. The Khat was smuggled into the area by human traffickers, and through the U.S. Mail.
As a Washington, DC criminal defense lawyer who handles drug charges, one of the most important things I can do to help a client fight the charges is to file a motion to suppress evidence. A motion to suppress in a DC controlled substances cases such as possession with intent to distribute (PWID) challenges the way in which the police discovered the drugs and collected the evidence. If it can be shown the officers violated the defendant's constitutional rights, then the evidence should be excluded from use at trial. If the government cannot mention the existence of drugs to the jury, they can't win a controlled substance case, so they will generally dismiss the case after losing a motion to suppress. This is also true with gun or weapons charges such as carrying a pistol without a license (CPWL). Your attorney can explain how a motion to suppress may be applicable to your case.