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Drug Mule Diaries


When you are a kid, your parents, your teacher, and the media send the message that music stars are the coolest thing in the world, and drugs are the scariest.  News reports full of police sirens and crime scene tape and “drugs are bad” assemblies in school focus on what drugs will do to your mind, body, and future; they lead you to believe that if you use drugs, you will overdose, go to prison, or both.  When police officers arrest you on suspicion of drug crimes, though, they see you as just a tiny piece of a larger puzzle.  In the ensuing legal case, there are other questions at stake besides whether the powder in the baggie in your backpack is a controlled substance and whether you knew it was there.  Where you got the drugs, where you were going with them, and why are equally important questions.  The state is willing to be lenient with you if you provide information that leads law enforcement to discover bigger stashes of drugs and bigger plans to distribute them.  That is why drug mules, people who transport drugs on behalf of others in exchange for modest compensation, often get lighter penalties than people who possess equivalent quantities of drugs exclusively for their own financial gain.  If you do not have a prior criminal record, your chances of avoiding a prison sentence are even greater.  Here, our Miami drug crimes defense lawyer explains how an aspiring record producer avoided a criminal conviction, at least for the time being, after getting caught with a stash of drugs connected to a biggest star.

Good Kid Gets Caught Up in Celebrity Party Scene

By most estimates, Brendan Paul has led a charmed life.  He is 25 years old, and his official address is his parents’ house in Ohio.  He was an accomplished basketball player in high school, playing both for a school close to home and for a New Hampshire boarding school he attended for at least one year.  All of this yielded him a basketball scholarship at Syracuse University, but by the time he graduated, he had found a new passion, namely music.  He was so successful as a music producer that, in 2023, he produced The Love Album for Sean Combs, which is not bad, considering that Paul had not yet been born when Combs, then known by his stage name Puff Daddy, topped the charts with “I’ll Be Missing You,” a memorial to his recently deceased friend The Notorious B.I.G.

Everything was going great until a former collaborator of Combs filed a civil lawsuit against him.  The lawsuit led to a criminal investigation against Combs; it also alleged that Paul had transported drugs at Combs’s request.  The lawsuit made it sound like Paul packed a cornucopia of drugs in his carry on luggage, everything from cannabis and cocaine to MDMA, psychedelics, amphetamines, opioids, and Miami’s famous “pink cocaine,” also known as tuci, and airport security screeners in Miami, Los Angeles, Virginia, and the Caribbean were none the wiser.  That all changed in March, when Paul was about to board a plane at Opa-Locka Airport in Miami, when he was arrested after security screeners found cannabis edibles and cocaine in his carry-on luggage.

No, Channel 10, Pretrial Diversion Is Not a Plea Deal

Paul quickly posted bail, and in June the channel 10 news website reported that he had taken a plea deal.  Soon after, it published a correction, saying that Paul’s hearing resulted not in a plea deal, but rather in admission to a pretrial diversion program.  Paul was eligible for this program because he does not have any prior criminal convictions.  He must complete substance abuse treatment and a probation sentence, and if he does this successfully, the court will drop the charges, and he will not get a conviction on his record.

You might attribute this virtually painless outcome to Paul’s privileged background, but pretrial diversion programs are available to anyone who is in criminal court for the first time, facing charges for a misdemeanor or nonviolent and non-sexual felony.  You are a good kid, too.  If you are facing drug charges and have never been convicted of a crime before, a drug crimes defense lawyer can help you avoid not only a prison term, but also a criminal conviction.

Contact Our Criminal Defense Attorneys

A South Florida criminal defense lawyer can help you if you are facing criminal charges for acting as a drug mule.  Contact Ratzan & Faccidomo in Miami, Florida for a confidential consultation about your case.





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