News reports of airline travel being back to 90 percent of pre-covid flying will lead to more scrutiny at the airport for passengers flying into Atlanta’ s airport. Atlanta has the world’s largest airport: Jackson-Hartsfield International Airport. In a discussion I had with a DEA agent, he told me on every flight from California, Arizona, and Colorado there will be a passenger on the flight with a large amount of trafficking marijuana. Even though Marijuana is legal in some states, it is still illegal in Georgia. If you get stopped by Clayton County, Drug Enforcement Agents or Atlanta Police, and you are found to be carrying greater than ten pounds of marijuana in your luggage you will be arrested for Marijuana Trafficking and taken to the Clayton County Jail. In all cases, the first appearance judge will deny you a bond. On every case our firm has been hired to assist couriers charged with marijuana trafficking in Atlanta, we have been able to get the client a bond in Clayton County. In order to get a bond, you need to acquire copies of the warrants and incident reports. The state’s prosecutor in Clayton County will want to run the subject’s criminal history. Once those items are acquired, you can get a consent bond and bond out of jail. It is also helpful if the person traveling has money (shows they are a courier and not seller), they fly very infrequently and they were cooperative to law enforcement. However, people flying should never consent to a search of their luggage, as consent is voluntary and nobody should be subject to search of their person or personal effects such as luggage without a warrant. If you or a loved one gets charged with marijuana trafficking at the Atlanta Airport, please do not hesitate to call our law office so we can assist with representation. Our phone number is 404-581-0999.
The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta is one of the busiest airports in the world. Thousands of travelers pass through every day for business and pleasure alike. It is a hub for nearly every major airline, flying passengers to the four corners of the world.
On High Alert for Drugs
Due to the high volume of flights and passengers, airport security, TSA agents, FBI Agents, Clayton County Police Department, Atlanta Police Department and the US Drug Enforcement Agency are trained to spot and act quickly on any suspected criminal behavior. We often get calls regarding drugs or weapons found in passengers’ luggage. Marijuana charges and in particular trafficking in marijuana are incredibly common at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, especially from flights out of Arizona, California and Colorado.
What Happens To My Bag?
Your bag that contains marijuana is brought from underneath the plane and directed to baggage claim at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. While you exit and make your way to the next terminal or to pick up your bags, the luggage is subjected to a K-9 Unit search. Courts have continually determined that using canines at the airport is lawful, and their actions are not considered searches under the 14th Amendment (United States v. Place) as long as the bag is not opened or searched before the dog alerts on the luggage. Law enforcement have probable cause to search your bag if a dog alerts the agent that marijuana is present. Once they find the drugs, they will detain you and likely charge you with trafficking marijuana.
Where Will My Case Be?
If you are charged, you will be sent to the Clayton County Jail, and the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office will handle your prosecution in Superior Court. At this point, it is imperative that you seek out representation to move forward and get out of jail quickly. We have years of experience in Clayton County handling various charges, including those involving incidents at the Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Recently we have been very successful in arranging a bond on Trafficking at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Call us today for your free consultation at 404-581-0999. We will hear the details of your case and provide you with legal advice that could save your freedom.
We are one of the top criminal defense law firms in Atlanta. Our firm defends individuals arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta Airport) charged with Trafficking Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute.
Who arrests me at the airport?
The majority of the time someone is arrested in Atlanta after landing the flights are from California to Atlanta, but we have seen flights into Atlanta from all fifty states and other countries. The law enforcement agencies involved include the Federal Bureau of investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Atlanta Police Department. The cases usually do not get referred to Federal Court for prosecution but rather get sent to Clayton County Superior Court.
What will happen after my arrest?
Once arrested for Marijuana Trafficking in Atlanta’s airport the traveler gets taken to the Clayton County Jail located at 9157 Tara Blvd, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236. The person traveling with large amounts of marijuana through the airport will have bond initially denied. It takes our law firm approximately two weeks to get an individual on a calendar for bond. The bond amount depends on the criminal history and the amount of the marijuana. We have never had a client with just marijuana, no matter the amount of marijuana, denied bond. Recently we have been able to get clients’ bonds in the amounts ranging from $45,000 – $60,000 for marijuana trafficking through the airport.
What should I do if approached?
As a reminder, if you are approached by law enforcement in the Atlanta airport be prepared to follow some simple directions.
- Remain calm and always be polite. Assume you are being recorded. Start your own telephone’s audio recording function.
- Prepare to hand the officer your driver’s license and your luggage receipt.
- You are never required to answer questions. You should respectfully decline and ask for an attorney.
- You should decline a consensual search of your luggage. You never know what someone has put in your luggage.
- You are free to leave unless you have been detained or placed under arrest. You are allowed to politely ask the officer if you can leave the airport.
- Call us immediately upon being arrested, no matter the time, night or day. 404-581-0999