Every day, thousands of people cross the border from Mexico into Southern California through the Tijuana- San Ysidro, Otay Mesa-San Diego, and Mexicali-Calexico ports of entry.
Many cars are stopped daily that are laden with methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, or other drugs. Some individuals know or have reason to know that they are carrying drugs. But some of these individuals, have no knowledge. They are called “blind mules.”
The offcers will interrogate the suspects and attempt to have them make admissions that will hurt their case. Sometimes, they will allow them to call family members. The reason is not to help the suspect but to attempt to have the suspect blurt out something to the friend or family member.
If your loved one has been arrested at the border, it is important that you do not discuss the case with them because all calls are taped. The suspect will be transported to a jail in San Diego or if in Imperical County probably the Imperial County Jail. You should not discuss the case by telephone in the jail either.
If the arrest was made in Imperial Valley, the suspect will appear at the United States Court House in El Centro. If the arrest is in San Diego, the suspect will appear at the United States District Court in downtown San Diego. Usually court appearances are within forty-eight hours.
Federal drug cases are usually serious. You should help your friend or family member secure the best criminal defense attorney possible. Important questions to ask the attorney are:
1. What is the academic background of the lawyer?
2. How much of the lawyer's practice is in federal criminal court?
3. How long has the attorney been in parctice?
4. How many similiar cases has the attorney handled?
5. Can the attorney supply references ?