In U.S. v. M.A., the defendant was charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute approximately 2,500 pounds of marijuana. He was a professional Jamaican soccer player who remained in the United States unlawfully beyond the expiration of his visa due to a catastrophic knee injury. Recovering from surgery on that knee, he agreed to maintain the stash house to which over two tons, and arguably much more,marijuana was delivered in exchange for free rent and usage of a late-model BMW automobile. At the time of his arrest, he denied knowledge of who owned that BMW and the house in which his passport and other personal possessions were found. He also denied certain actions which law-enforcement agents could confirm through their own extensive surveillance. Although the defendant faced a mandatory federal prison sentence of ten years, Attorney Dudley negotiated a plea agreement pursuant to which the maximum prison term imposed would be four years. Before sentencing, the United States Probation Office recommended the full four-year term, as did the government. Mr. Dudley, however, convinced the district court that various mitigating circumstances warranted a sentence of only 33 months.
In U.S. v. J.S., the defendant was accused of being the principal organizer of a Mexican drug cartel’s conspiracy to import assault rifles from the United States into Mexico. That conspiracy was the focus of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm’s “Fast and Furious” investigation. The defendant was personally involved with the transfer of several hundred assault weapons from Arizona to Mexico. Due to the number of weapons he exported, his leadership role, his extensive criminal history, and his unlawful presence in the United States when he committed the offense, the defendant was facing a potential federal guideline sentence of 360 months to life in prison. Attorney Dudley, however, negotiated a disposition with the government which provided for a maximum sentence of 180 months. After expressing his discomfort with that plea agreement and indicating his desire to sentence the defendant to a prison term far greater than 180 months, as recommended by the United States Probation Office, the district court ultimately accepted the agreement and imposed a sentence of 15 years.