By definition, drug trafficking involves importing, transporting or selling illegal drugs and controlled substances. Another common name for trafficking is distribution.
Most drug trafficking cases involve controlled substances like heroin, cocaine and prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Penalties for trafficking are typically very serious and can include extended time in prison and the requirement to pay a large fine.
Trafficking versus sale or delivery of controlled substances
According to Florida law, it is illegal to sell, manufacture, deliver or possess with the intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance in the state of Florida. Both state and federal laws regulate drug trafficking, and because of this, the consequences for distributing a controlled substance are usually more severe than just selling or delivering drugs.
Factors that impact drug trafficking penalties
The penalties for trafficking a controlled substance are highly variable and depend on several factors. These can include the area where the distribution occurred, the type and quantity of drugs involved and whether the drug trafficking scheme targeted children or minors. For example, according to the Florida Statutes, anyone who traffics between 28 and 200 grams of cocaine must serve a prison term of at least three years and pay a minimum fine of $50,000.
After a conviction for drug trafficking on either a state or federal level, the consequences you face could affect your finances, employment prospects and reputation. Because of this, consulting with an attorney following the delivery of your charges can help you protect your interests.