Drug possession, trafficking, and conspiracy cases in Mississippi are serious criminal charges that may arise from local, state, or federal investigations – or just bad luck encounters with police. Mississippi and federal cases involving drug trafficking can carry some of the most extreme punishments allowed by law, including sentences of up to life in prison. If you’re under investigation or accused of drug possession, trafficking, or conspiracy, you need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer at your side. Pascagoula - Gulfport criminal defense attorney Sean Buckley has over two decades of experience fighting drug possession, trafficking, and conspiracy cases and is ready to fight to defend your legal rights and your reputation.
Many drug cases arise when police catch (or claim to catch) someone with drugs in their possession or under their control. In other cases, police and prosecutors may build drug trafficking and conspiracy cases using “historical” evidence – meaning evidence like cooperating witness testimony, wiretaps, surveillance, and bank records. Historical drug conspiracy cases are most common in federal court and can be relatively complex. Criminal drug conspiracy is an offense under both Mississippi and federal law. In the most general sense, a criminal drug conspiracy takes place when:
2 or more persons
Come to agreement to possess or distribute drugs; and then
1 or more persons commits an act in furtherance of the agreement.
Whatever the prosecution’s approach to charging a drug crime, factual and legal defenses may be available.
Most multi-kilogram drug cases involve trafficking across international borders.
Prosecutions for international trafficking may be initiated in the U.S., in a foreign country, or both.
For example, Mr. Buckley served as trial co-counsel and diplomatic liaison for U.S. businessman Larry Davis, who was charged in the Dominican Republic in 2016 with trafficking 980 kilograms of cocaine and heroin. Following months of coordinated diplomatic efforts through the U.S. Department of State and a highly publicized two-month trial in Santo Domingo, a Dominican federal court found Larry Davis “Not Guilty” of all charges. The takeaway from this case is that a massive volume of drugs does not – in itself – mean that a case cannot be successfully defended. Each case is unique, and previous successful results do not predict successful outcomes for future cases.
Drug crimes are serious criminal offenses in Mississippi and carry punishments according to the type (“schedule”) of the alleged drug, the quantity of the drug, the type of drug activity involved, the defendant’s criminal history, and other relevant factors. Being accused of a drug crime can affect your freedom, your right to possess firearms, and your ability to get credit, employment, government contracts, security clearances, and other benefits. Drug cases involving the trafficking of controlled substances can carry extremely serious penalties under Mississippi and federal law – including sentences of up to life in prison. Depending on the facts surrounding the allegations, legal and factual defenses may be available.
Pascagoula - Gulfport criminal defense attorney Sean Buckley aggressively represents clients accused of all state and federal drug crimes and is ready to defend your legal rights and your reputation. The following sections discuss common examples of drug cases we handle including:
Interstate 10 Drug Cases
Prescription Drug Cases
Drug Possession, International Drug Trafficking, and Conspiracy Cases
Pascagoula, Mississippi criminal defense attorney Sean Buckley is licensed to practice law in both Mississippi and Texas and has extensive experience defending clients arrested for drug trafficking. If you are under investigation or have been charged with a drug crime in South Mississippi, we can help you!
Attorney Sean Buckley is:
-AV-Rated (Top 1% of attorneys)
-Voted #1 by: 2023 Best of Coastal Mississippi for Best Trial Lawyer, Best Defense Lawyer, and Best DUI Lawyer
-Rated by: Super Lawyers Mid-South 2023 (Top 5% of attorneys)
-Best Lawyers 2024
If you’ve been arrested in South Mississippi for any type of drug crime,
Pascagoula - Gulfport criminal defense attorney Sean Buckley is ready to fight to defend your legal rights and your reputation! Don't face a criminal charge alone.