In March, 2013, federal customs agent Lauro Tobias was charged with transporting $100,000 in profit from drug sales. Attorney Steven D. West, P.C., defended Lauro Tobias as a victim of outrageous governmental misconduct and entrapment, which occurs when a law enforcement agent uses tactics such as coercion and misinformation to cause an individual to take part in a crime he would not otherwise have committed. Ultimately, the charges were dismissed as not “readily provable at trial.”
Lauro Tobias’ Experience
Lauro Tobias is a ten-year veteran of the Customs and Border Protection agency, as well as an Air Force veteran of two decades. Prior to his arrest in 2013, he made at least two trips from Phoenix to Las Vegas with a superior, during which he was paid to act as backup security to his superior. However, Tobias had been assured that these trips and his actions were legal, which is why he agreed to perform this duty with his superior.
The Truth Behind the Trips
The trips on which Lauro Tobias were taken were orchestrated by a federal “anti-corruption” task force attempting to uncover corruption in the Customs and Border Protection service. These trips are believed to be an attempt at leading Tobias into committing a crime. Steven West, acting as Tobias’ attorney, accused the task force of outrageous governmental misconduct and entrapping his client through lies and misinformation, causing him to believe his actions were legal, rather than part of a drug deal orchestrated by the task force. The charges were dismissed on July 25, 2014; it remains unclear as to why the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed to dismiss just two hours after West’s motion to dismiss for outrageous governmental misconduct.
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