Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) September 15, 2016
The defendant, a cabinet maker and an U.S. Citizen since 1977, faced 10 years minimum in prison. Mr. Khojayan and his client demanded a trial.
The indictment alleged that government agents and local sheriffs found 26.8 kilograms of cocaine and 1,296 pounds of marijuana hidden in the defendant’s warehouse unit and van. United States v. Torres et al., 12-cr-00964-DMG (Indictment). However, Mr. Khojayan's review of the many hours of alleged wiretap recordings and surveillance of the alleged drug conspirators showed no mention of the defendant in any calls, texts or videos. Also, according to the agents' reports there were others allegedly seen leaving the warehouse unit while the defendant was still inside. The agents' reports stated that they followed the the individuals leaving the warehouse unit but, according to the agents, lost them on the freeway.
As part of the trial preparation, Mr. Khojayan’s investigator stated that he found witnesses who had "never seen the defendant involved in any illegal activity." Also, Mr. Khojayan's review of the defendant’s medical history showed that he had "a deviated nasal septum" that severely affected his breathing and sense of smell. The defense also filed motions to suppress the evidence based on improper government tactics used in the stop and search of the warehouse. United States v. Torres et al., 12-cr-00964-DMG-30 (Doc. No. 753).
Before trial, the government moved to dismiss the indictment against the defendant and the Honorable Dolly M. Gee, District Judge of the Central District of California, granted the motion to dismiss. United States v. Torres et al., 12-cr-00964-DMG-30 (Doc. Nos. 854, 856).