Client charged as leader of federal narcotics conspiracy involving the largest seizure of drugs in District of Columbia history - 97 kilos of cocaine powder; 1/2 kilo of "crack" cocaine; and over $800,000 in cash. The investigation of this case involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Metropolitan Police Department. During a two month jury trial, the government presented evidence obtained through wiretaps, pen registers, GPS trackers, video surveillance and cellular tower signals. Additionally, the government presented the testimony of "supplier" and "customer" cooperators who testified against client.
RESULT: VERDICT - NOT GUILTY ON 19 COUNTS (mistrial declared as to remaining 12 counts. Client convicted on retrial and sentenced to mandatory life sentence. D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction based on warrantless use of GPS tracking devise. Mr. Balarezo preserved the issue at trial. On January 23, 2012, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government's use of a GPS tracking device without a warrant was unconstitutional and affirmed the reversal of Mr. Jones‘ conviction.)