A recent drug bust at Fort Lauderdale’s International Airport shows how serious TSA agents are regarding illegal drugs possession, even when it comes to celebrities. According to TMZ and other media, multi-millionaire hotel owner Vikram Chatwal, a close friend of actress Lindsay Lohan, has been arrested, after TSA agents say he tried to get on a plane with cocaine, weed, heroin and various prescription pills. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents discovered an entire collection of drugs hidden on his person, in his crotch and in his bag.
Under these circumstances, it is important for any individual to consider the risks of trying to get through security filters with illegal drugs, as well as the legal ramifications in case you get caught. Whenever you get involved in a legal criminal case related to drugs, make sure you benefit from the counsel and representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney, since these are serious charges.
In our example, according to Sun-Sentinel, TSA agents found a small white plastic-wrapped package in the top right pocket of his jacket, that tested positive for cocaine. Chatwal was arrested and then agents found a plastic bag with heroin tucked into the crotch of Chatwal’s pants, together with 3.5 grams of marijuana and a half-gram of ketamine. Prescription medication, such as Xanax, was also found.
This case shows that law enforcement agencies are serious regarding drugs, even if some US states just legalized marijuana, and the need for individuals accused of this type of criminal offenses to hire a specialized criminal defense lawyer. In the case that just happened in Fort Lauderdale, Chatwal was booked on one count of trafficking (6 grams of heroin) and seven counts of possession, serious charges that can have serious consequences.