Recent Notable Cases

  • Complete Dismissal of Cocaine Importation Conspiracy

On October 29, 2010, after two years of litigation, the United States dismissed all charges against a Colombian Army Major, who had been extradited to the United States on an Indictment charging that he had conspired with 7 other Colombians to import more than 5 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.  The accused was facing a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence and a maximum of life imprisonment.  He has now returned home to Colombian.  Case No. 07-223.  Judge Rosemary Collyer, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

  • Complete Dismissal of Money Laundering Case

On August 8, 2009, after a year of pretrial litigation, the United States dismissed all charges against a Nevada resident, who had been charged with 10 separate counts of illegal money laundering activities.  Ms. Hernandez’ client was completely vindicated and all property returned to her.  Case No. 07-Cr-211.  Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.  United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

  • Hung Jury in Complex Cocaine Importation Case

Mistrial.  After 7-week trial, the jury refused to convict Ms. Hernandez’ client, a Colombian national extradited to the United States on charges that he conspired to import multi-kilogram quantities of coaine.  The accused is now home with his family.  (Co-defendant represented by other counsel was convicted and is now serving 25-year sentence).  Case No. 02-Cr-0392.  Judge Richard J. Leon, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.