LAWFUEL – Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United S…

LAWFUEL – Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Jonathan Soloman, Special Agent In Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that Samuel Knowles has been extradited to face narcotics charges in Miami, Florida. Knowles is alleged to have been a participant in a conspiracy between 1995 and 1996 to import several thousand kilograms of cocaine into the United States using “go fast” vessels. The Indictment seeks the forfeiture of nineteen million five-hundred thousand dollars, which represents money received in exchange for and used to facilitate the distribution of controlled substances.

Knowles is charged with conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a), 841(b), 846, 952(a), 960(a) and 960(b). The four other counts contained in the indictment are substantive importation and possession charges each naming certain defendants in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 952(a), 960(a), 960(b), 841(a) and 841(b). If convicted on the conspiracy charges, the defendants would face a maximum statutory sentence of life imprisonment on each count. If convicted on the substantive charges, the defendants named in that count would face a maximum statutory sentence of life imprisonment.

Knowles and his co-conspirators used various routes in the Caribbean to facilitate their importation scheme. Knowles’ arraignment and pretrial detention hearing is set for September 19, 2006.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George M. Karavetsos.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/ or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov/ .

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