Steve Helling
December 01, 2016 02:10 PM

A high-profile attorney who once represented Casey Anthony has been arrested for allegedly conspiring to smuggle 1,500 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S., PEOPLE confirms.

According to a federal complaint obtained by PEOPLE, Todd Macaluso, 54, was arrested on November 14 in Haiti along with two other men: Carlos Vasquez and Humberto Contreras.

The complaint alleges the three men planned to “fly from Haiti to Ecuador, pick up cocaine, and then transport it to Honduras to subsequently be imported into the United States.”

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The complaint alleges that Macaluso was captured on a recording in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, telling the two co-defendants that the corporate jet he had just arrived in from Orlando had the cargo space and heft to carry the drugs.

Haitian authorities arrested the three men. They were flown to New York five days later. A judge ordered Macaluso to be held without bail, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

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It’s not Macaluso’s first brush with the law. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to defrauding clients and was sentenced to five months in prison.

Macaluso represented Anthony when she was accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. He worked on her case for about a year before ultimately stepping down. After Anthony’s acquittal and release from jail, he provided the private jet Anthony used to leave Orlando.

Attorneys for Macaluso did not respond to PEOPLE’s request seeking comment. He has requested a preliminary hearing for December 5 to enter a plea.

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