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What are drug trafficking charges?

Drug trafficking charges are extremely serious charges, however, accused individuals facing them may wonder exactly what a drug trafficking charge refers to. Drug trafficking charges refer to the selling, transportation and illegal importation of unlawful controlled substances. Controlled substances can include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and other illegal drugs. The penalties associated with drug trafficking charges can be especially harsh.

Accused individuals facing drug trafficking and drug distributions allegations, accusations and charges can face prison sentences ranging from 3 to 5 years in prison to life in prison. Punishments associated with drug trafficking charges vary widely but can depend on factors such as the amount of illegal drugs involved, the types of drugs involved, the geographic area the drugs were distributed in and if children were the target of the alleged drug trafficking and distribution activities. Drug trafficking charges can also apply to prescription drugs illegally obtained, possessed or distributed.

Drug trafficking charges are felony charges and while drug possession charges are also considered serious charges, drug trafficking charges can carry stiffer penalties. In addition, drug possession charges can lead to drug trafficking charges if authorities believe the accused individual had the intent to distribute or sell the drugs they were allegedly in possession of. If authorities find, for instance, large amounts of drugs or cash, or items such as scales or baggies, the accused individual may also be facing drug trafficking charges.

An accused individual facing drug trafficking or distribution charges should understand how serious the charges they are facing are and how significant the penalties and consequences they may be facing can be. Criminal defense protections are available to help them respond to the charges they are facing which is why accused individuals should always be familiar with their criminal defense rights if they find themselves facing serious criminal charges.

Source: Criminal.findlaw.com, "Drug Trafficking/Distribution," Accessed April 24, 2018

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