TRAFFICKING IN DRUGS

Florida Statute 893.135 provides a basic understanding of the trafficking laws in Florida in regard to weights and amounts of particular narcotics that will be deemed trafficking.

If convicted of a trafficking offense, certain minimum mandatory penalties must be assessed such as fines and imprisonment. Trafficking is defined as:

Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state a specific amount of a controlled substance.

Note: It is important to remember that depending on the amount of the drugs seized will determine what level felony is charged however, regardless of the degree of the felony charged, the minimum mandatory sentence is still required.

PENALTIES

Drug Trafficking are dependent on the substance and the amount. The following are some examples of the mandatory fines and sentences. If you or someone you know is charged with drug trafficking call a lawyer immediately. (make this a chart maybe)

Marijuana

  • 25-2,000lbs or 300-2,000 plants = 3 years prison and $25,000 fine

  • 2,000-10,000lbs or 2,000-10,000 plants = 7 years prison and $50,000 fine

  • 10,000+lbs or 10,000+ plants = 15 years prison and $200,000 fine

Cocaine

  • 28-200 grams = 3 years prison and $50,000 fine

  • 200-400 grams = 7 years prison and $100,000 fine

  • 400grams – 150 kilograms = 15 years prison and $250,000 fine

DEFENSES

Different defenses are available depending on the facts of the case, however, not every case will have a defense. The defenses can be legal or factual in nature such as:

  • Illegal search;

  • Lack of Probable Cause;

  • Improper weight;

  • Lack of knowledge;

Drug trafficking is the most serious of all drug related charges. With hefty fines and mandatory prison time it is important to have lawyers who know the system, the law, and the case.

 

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