Timothy Dawson, age 44 of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, was arrested on September 16 for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 30 pounds of cocaine and marijuana.
It is unknown whether or not Dawson has retained a criminal defense attorney to represent him in this matter.
According to a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Customs and Border Patrol surveillance aircraft spotted Dawson’s 1984 Wellcraft as it entered Saint Lucie Inlet. After traveling for approximately five miles, the vessel’s engines were shut down for a few minutes. For reasons that are unknown at this time, CBP found this behavior suspicious and alerted the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
Thereafter a the MCSO dispatched its marine unit to make contact with Dawson’s vessel. When deputies attempted to board the vessel, Dawson was seen throwing two weighted dive bags overboard.
Dawson was subsequently arrested for tampering with evidence and resisting arrest without violence. Dawson was released after posting bond.
However, dive team members returned to the incident location and recovered the two dive bags. Once opened, deputies saw that the bags contained more than 30 pounds of cocaine and more than 39 pounds of marijuana.
Dawson was re-arrested on September 16 by federal law enforcement and is facing federal charges for possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and is being detained without bond.
Insofar as a defense is concerned, the chemical state of the suspect cocaine and marijuana is definitely at issue. After sitting on the ocean floor for nearly two weeks, any defense lawyer who represents Dawson will need to verify the presumptive chemical testing performed by the dive team members.
Before any plea can be entered into, Dawson’s attorney will need to review the indictment and all the reports written by law enforcement. Every detail counts.
Unfortunately, given the quantity of drugs involved, Dawason is facing serious prison penalties. It would be in his best interest to hire a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.