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Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is the possession, sale, transportation, manufacture or delivery of a specified quantity of a controlled substance or illegal drug.

In Florida, all trafficking charges are first-degree felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Trafficking charges are significant in that a conviction may result in substantial minimum/mandatory prison sentences and fines.

Some examples under Florida law:

MINIMUM MANDATORY FINE
Cannabis
25-200 pounds or 300-2,000 plants 3 years $25,000
2,000-10,000 pounds or 2,000-10,000 plants 7 years $50,000
More than 10,000 pounds or 10,000 plants 15 years $200,000
Cocaine
28 -200 grams 3 years $50,000
200-400 grams 7 years $100,000
400 grams-150 kilograms 15 years $250,000
Heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine
4-14 grams 3 years $50,000
14-28 grams 15 years $100,000
28 grams-30 kilograms 25 years $500,000
Methamphetamine
14-28 grams 3 years $50,000
28-200 grams 7 years $100,000
More than 200 grams 15 years $250,000

Under both federal law and the laws of Florida and other states, specific statutes describe acts that constitute trafficking and conspiracy to traffic. Conspiracy is an agreement to commit a crime or to cause that crime to be committed by one of the co-conspirators or another person.

Please contact our office for more information on the particular charges in your case.

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