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Westin Drug Trafficking Lawyer

Drug trafficking is the sale, purchase, possession, manufacture, delivery, or transport of large quantities of controlled substances. It is a much more serious offense than simple possession, or possession with the intent to sell. Depending on the quantity of controlled substance, and type, that you are being charged for, you may be facing decades behind bars. We strongly encourage you to reach out for legal representation, as Florida prosecutors show no mercy when it comes to drug trafficking. The Westin drug trafficking lawyer at Haber | Blank LLP has handled all types of drug trafficking cases in the past and knows how to deliver the results you are seeking.

What is Drug Trafficking?

The difference between drug trafficking and simple possession, or possession with the intent to sell, is essentially only dependent on the quantity of the controlled substance in question. Possessing a small amount of a controlled substance is penalized as simple possession, which is usually a first-degree misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. Possession with intent to distribute is often charged as a third- or second-degree felony. However, drug trafficking usually carries a much harsher penalty: first degree felony, life felony, or capital felony. Furthermore, drug trafficking comes with increased punishment and very harsh mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.

Minimum Quantities For Drug Trafficking in Florida

Drug trafficking is the intentional purchase, sale, manufacture, possession, delivery, or transportation of a controlled substance. As such, you can be charged with drug trafficking if you were allegedly involved in any of those processes, not just the purchase or sale aspect of trafficking. Below are examples of the minimum amounts of various controlled substances that cross the threshold between possession with the intent to distribute, and drug trafficking:

  • Lysergic Acid (LSD)—1 gram
  • Fentanyl—4 grams
  • Hydrocodone—4 grams
  • Oxycodone—4 grams
  • Morphine—4 grams
  • Opium—4 grams
  • Amphetamine—14 grams
  • Cocaine—28 grams of cocaine
  • Phencyclidine—28 grams
  • Methaqualone—200 grams
  • Cannabis—25 pounds, or 300 cannabis plants
  • Gamma-hydroxybutyric Acid—1 kilogram

The mandatory minimum for trafficking any of the above drugs is three years and a fine of $50,000. However, trafficking larger quantities of these controlled substances will result in much harsher penalties. For example, trafficking 14 to 28 grams of oxycodone carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years, while 28 grams to 30 kilos carries a mandatory minimum of 25 years.

Call a Westin Drug Trafficking Defense Lawyer Today

Drug trafficking is the most serious non-violent felony offense in Florida. For effective defense against the charges that have been leveled against you, you need a lawyer with knowledge and experience handling state and federal drug trafficking cases. We do not sugarcoat the facts from our clients in any criminal offense, especially in drug trafficking cases that carry extremely harsh mandatory minimum sentencing. You need to understand the challenges that you are facing. At the same time, our Westin drug trafficking defense lawyer delivers hope; we will fight back against these charges to our fullest ability. We encourage you to contact Haber | Blank LLP today at 954-767-0300 to schedule a free consultation.