Singer and Virginia native Chris Brown could soon face federal drug charges, according to multiple media reports. The hip-hop artist is suspected of wiring $15,000 to a Miami music producer in exchange for illegal drugs.
On April 6, federal authorities announced they had uncovered a $15,000 wire transfer from Brown to music producer Harrison Garcia, who was arrested on drug charges in October. Investigators are now trying to establish whether the money was used to purchase illegal narcotics. Garcia, 26, is accused of running a large pharmaceutical drug ring and selling a lethal cough syrup mix known as "lean" or "sizzurp" to his clients. After his arrest, he allegedly told authorities he sold drugs to Brown and rapper Lil Wayne.
If authorities prove that Brown purchased narcotics with the wire transfer, he could face felony drug charges. The severity of the charges will depend on the type and amount of drugs purchased, whether the drugs were intended for personal use or sale and whether there were any aggravating circumstances involved in the case. Garcia is suspected of using drug money to buy luxury cars, firearms and expensive clothing. However, his lawyers deny he was a drug dealer.
Felony drug crimes typically carry severe consequences, including lengthy incarceration, heavy fines and the seizure of personal property. However, individuals facing such charges may be able to avoid these punishments by seeking the representation of a criminal defense attorney. There are a number of legal defense strategies an attorney could use to fight the allegations in court and help protect a defendant's future. These strategies include disputing the facts of the case, demonstrating police misconduct and negotiating for a plea deal that reduces the charges.
Digital Music News, "Chris Brown Faces Felony Drug Charges After $15,000 Wire Discovered," Daniel Sanchez, April 7, 2017