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  • Not Guilty Verdict in Heroin Trafficking Case

    In May of last year, the Guatemalan Consulate in Atlanta called to tell me that they had referred a potential client to me. The case involved a Guatemalan “Food Courier” who had been charged with drug trafficking after 4 kilos of heroin were found hidden inside some of the food items he was carrying when he went through Customs at the Atlanta airport. The Consulate called me because I had ...
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  • A Word of Caution for International Travelers

    I recently had a client who was a 25+ year employee of a major airline. She was traveling back from Peru to New York, where she lives, but had to change planes in Atlanta. While going through a secondary inspection of her luggage, Customs agents discovered about 13 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside some handicrafts she had been asked to bring back. She was promptly arrested and taken to the ...
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  • Jeff Manciagli Beats Heroin Smuggling Charges

    Attorney Jeff Manciagli recently represented a man charged with drug-related offenses and secured a very favorable outcome for his client. The man worked briefly as a commercial food courier for a company in Guatemala. When he flew into the Atlanta airport last April, nearly seven kilos of heroin were discovered by customs in his bag. Before the heroin was found, the man denied his position as a ...
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  • Major Drug Trafficking Bust in Charleston

    Over the weekend we learned of a major drug bust carried out through the Charleston Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The case resulted in the arrest of 7 suspects in the area of Charleston, S.C., and it involved the work of close to a dozen law enforcement agencies and more than 75 officers. The suspects in the case are accused of involvement in drug distribution conspiracy ...
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  • What to Look for When Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    If you are unfortunate enough to be looking for a criminal defense lawyer, the decision as to who you hire is critical. Even a crime that typically would not result in a prison sentence could have enormous consequences for the rest of your life. Experience is obviously a paramount consideration. Law school simply does not prepare an attorney for the actual practice of law. Even someone who ...
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  • Abogados veces cometen errores

    Recientemente, un abogado penalista en Sur Carolina se declaró culpable de obstrucción de justicia por declaraciones falsas que hizo a agentes federales. El abogado criminalista estaba representando a un cliente por cargos federales de narcotrafico. Durante la investigación de ese caso, agentes federales interrogaron al abogado sobre el paradero de algunos vehículos que el cliente había comprado ...
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  • These Attorneys Should Have Known Better

    A criminal defense attorney in South Carolina recently pled guilty to obstruction of justice for making materially false statements to law enforcement agents. The attorney had been representing a client on federal drug charges. During the prosecution of that case, federal agents asked the attorney about the whereabouts of certain vehicles the client had purchased with illegal proceeds of his drug ...
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  • Should I Speak to the Cops or Consent to a Search?

    So a police officer or federal agent shows up at your home or office and says that he or she wants to ask you some questions. They tell you that you're not in trouble but that they're investigating a situation and they want to see if you can shed some light on it. For a number of reasons, you're going to find it very difficult to not answer their questions. You're sure you didn't do anything wrong ...
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  • Welcome to My Atlanta Drug Crime Blog!

    Are you in need of an experienced Atlanta Drug Defense Attorney after being arrested for a serious offense? Look no further than the Law Office of Jeff Manciagli! I have more than 20 years of experience as a defense attorney and have handled thousands of felony cases, as well as countless misdemeanors and lesser offenses. My desire is to help my clients protect their freedom and to keep them ...
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