Houston Federal Drug Smuggling Attorney

Have you been charged with a federal drug smuggling crime?

If you have been charged with drug smuggling in federal court, then you need a good criminal defense lawyer who cares as much about the best possible outcome to your case as you do, and one who will fight to protect your rights. I am Houston drug smuggling attorney Mark A. Morasch, and I have more than 20+ years of experience as a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor. Anyone can make a mistake. I do not believe that your future should be lost because of a single error in judgment. Contact me to learn how I can help.

18 U.S.C. 545 - Smuggling Goods into the United States. Whoever knowingly and willfully, with intent to defraud the United States, smuggles, or clandestinely introduces or attempts to smuggle or clandestinely introduce into the United States any merchandise which should have been invoiced, or makes out or passes, or attempts to pass, through the customhouse any false, forged, or fraudulent invoice, or other document or paper; or Whoever fraudulently or knowingly imports or brings into the United States, any merchandise contrary to law, or receives, conceals, buys, sells, or in any manner facilitates the transportation, concealment, or sale of such merchandise after importation, knowing the same to have been imported or brought into the United States contrary to law: Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. Proof of defendant’s possession of such goods, unless explained to the satisfaction of the jury, shall be deemed evidence sufficient to authorize conviction for violation of this section. Merchandise introduced into the United States in violation of this section, or the value thereof, to be recovered from any person described in the first or second paragraph of this section, shall be forfeited to the United States. The term “United States”, as used in this section, shall not include the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Wake Island, Midway Islands, Kingman Reef, Johnston Island, or Guam.

18 U.S.C. 546 - Smuggling Goods into Foreign Countries. Any person owning in whole or in part any vessel of the United States who employs, or participates in, or allows the employment of, such vessel for the purpose of smuggling, or attempting to smuggle, or assisting in smuggling, any merchandise into the territory of any foreign government in violation of the laws there in force, if under the laws of such foreign government any penalty or forfeiture is provided for violation of the laws of the United States respecting the customs revenue, and any citizen of, or person domiciled in, or any corporation incorporated in, the United States, controlling or substantially participating in the control of any such vessel, directly or indirectly, whether through ownership of corporate shares or otherwise, and allowing the employment of said vessel for any such purpose, and any person found, or discovered to have been, on board of any such vessel so employed and participating or assisting in any such purpose, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. It shall constitute an offense under this section to hire out or charter a vessel if the lessor or charterer has knowledge or reasonable grounds for belief that the lessee or person chartering the vessel intends to employ such vessel for any of the purposes described in this section and if such vessel is, during the time such lease or charter is in effect, employed for any such purpose.

Federal Punishment Ranges for Smuggling a Controlled Substance



Fine up to

Smuggling into the United States

up to 20 years


Smuggling into a Foreign Country

up to 2 years


19 U.S.C. 1590 - Smuggling a controlled substance by using an aircraft. (a) In general: It is unlawful for the pilot of any aircraft to transport, or for any individual on board any aircraft to possess, merchandise knowing, or intending, that the merchandise will be introduced into the United States contrary to law. (b) Sea transfers: It is unlawful for any person to transfer merchandise between an aircraft and a vessel on the high seas or in the customs waters of the United States if such person has not been authorized by the Secretary to make such transfer and: (1) either: (A) the aircraft is owned by a citizen of the United States or is registered in the United States, or (B) the vessel is a vessel of the United States (within the meaning of section 1703(b) of this title), or (2) regardless of the nationality of the vessel or aircraft, such transfer is made under circumstances indicating the intent to make it possible for such merchandise, or any part thereof, to be introduced into the United States unlawfully.

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