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Trafficking

Drug trafficking laws are extremely strict in Florida, and due to the history of cocaine, marijuana, and other narcotic trafficking here in Florida, prosecutors are willing to go to great lengths to maximize the potential punishment against a defendant. If you have been charged with trafficking, you need to contact an experienced Tampa Bay drug trafficking attorney immediately to begin work on your defense strategy.

Trafficking in Cannabis

Cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana or pot, is quite possibly the most prevalent illegal controlled substance that is trafficked into and through Florida. Statute 893.135 outlines the degree of penalty for each level of cannabis trafficking as follows:

  • Over 25 pounds, but under 2,000 pounds, or 300 to 2,000 cannabis plants: Minimum prison sentence of 3 years and a fine of $25,000 (first degree felony, with a maximum of 30 years imprisonment);
  • Over 2,000 pounds, but under 10,000 pounds, or 2,000 to 10,000 cannabis plants: Minimum prison sentence of 7 years and a fine of $50,000 (first degree felony, with a maximum of 30 years imprisonment); and
  • Over 10,000 pounds or 10,000 cannabis plants: Minimum prison sentence of 15 years and a fine of $200,000 (first degree felony, with a maximum of 30 years imprisonment).

Trafficking in Cocaine

  • Over 28 grams but under 200 grams of cocaine or any mixture containing cocaine: Minimum prison sentence of 3 years and a $50,000 fine;
  • Over 200 grams but under 400 grams of cocaine or any mixture containing cocaine: Minimum prison sentence of 7 years and a $100,000 fine;
  • Over 400 grams but under 150 kilograms of cocaine or any mixture containing cocaine: Minimum prison sentence of 15 years and a $250,000 fine; and
  • Over 150 kilograms of cocaine or any mixture containing cocaine: Minimum prison sentence life without parole.

Trafficking in Hydrocodone

  • Over 14 grams but under 28 grams of hydrocodone, codeine, any salt thereof, or mixture containing such substances: Minimum prison sentence of 3 years and a fine of $50,000;
  • Over 28 grams but under 49 grams of hydrocodone, codeine, any salt thereof, or mixture containing such substances: Minimum prison sentence of 7 years and a fine of $100,000;
  • Over 50 grams but under 200 grams of hydrocodone, codeine, any salt thereof, or mixture containing such substances: Minimum prison sentence of 15 years and a fine of $500,000; and
  • Over 200 grams but under 30 kilograms of hydrocodone, codeine, any salt thereof, or mixture containing such substances: Minimum prison sentence of 25 years and a fine of $750,000.

Other Controlled Substances

Other common drugs that are trafficked in Florida include the following:

  • Heroin;
  • Oxycodone;
  • Fentanyl;
  • Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB);
  • Phenethylamines;
  • Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD);
  • Alfentanil;
  • MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly);
  • Hydromorphone;
  • Opium;
  • Methaqualone;
  • Methamphetamine; and
  • Flunitrazepam.

A Tampa Bay Attorney Can Help

Nearly half (46 percent) of the people in federal prison are there for drug offenses, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and a similar percentage is true for inmates in state prison. Do not risk your chance of serving a lengthy prison sentence during this revamped era of the war on drugs. Call the Tampa Bay criminal defense attorneys of the Tison Law Group for help today.

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