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June 2011
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki Negotiates Time Served for Marine Caught in Controlled Drug Sale

Possession of Spice, Distribution of Spice, Possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy, Attempted possession of Liquid Ecstasy, Attempted Distribution of Liquid Ecstasy, Larceny of Government Funds
Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan
Marine Corps Corporal - E-4
Negotiated time served plea agreement.

Maximum Sentence:

  • Dishonorable Discharge
  • 30 years confinement
  • Total forfeiture
  • Reduction to E-1
  • Federal felony drug conviction

Facts:

A Marine E-4 stationed at Camp Foster, Okinawa, faced serious allegations for his involvement in the distribution of Spice and Ecstasy. The case intensified when an individual who purchased from him collaborated with NCIS as an undercover informant, arranging a controlled buy. During this operation, the Marine’s friends, unbeknownst to him, was wearing a wire.

The situation escalated with a thorough search of his house, leading to the seizure of substantial amounts of Spice and analogues. NCIS secured a full confession from the Marine, which was both corroborated and video-recorded. The seized substances were tested by the USACIL and tested positive for JWH-018, a Schedule I controlled substance.

In response to these developments, attorney Tim Bilecki, experienced in handling UCMJ Article 112a cases, was brought in to represent the Marine. The defense team’s strategy was to engage in robust negotiations with the prosecution, emphasizing their preparedness to proceed to trial if necessary. This approach led to a favorable pre-trial agreement for the Marine, effectively resulting in a sentence of “time served.” This outcome significantly reduced the potential severe consequences of the multiple charges he faced.

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