Drug Trafficking

Drug Trafficking Vs. Possession

What constitutes drug trafficking? A common misconception is that you can only be arrested on a trafficking charge if you’re caught selling or transporting. But that’s actually not the only way. Drugs for personal use, if possessed in a significant enough quantity, can land you in jail for trafficking — even if they never leave your home. It all depends on the total weight of the drug in your possession. And each drug has its own limit, according to the law.

First-Degree Felony — Trafficking In Illegal Drugs

Marijuana

  • 25 pounds — Mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of three years and a $25,000 fine

Cocaine

  • 28 grams — Mandatory minimum term if imprisonment of three years and a $50,000 fine

Oxycodone/Roxicodone/Hydrocodone

  • 4 grams — Mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of three years and a $50,000 fine

These illegal weight thresholds don’t just include the original controlled substance, but anything they’re combined with. Larger quantities can carry larger penalties and fines — even life in prison.

Frank P. Bianco, P.A., Drug Trafficking Lawyer

I am an experienced Pasco County drug trafficking defense attorney, and I can help you in the event that you are charged with this serious crime. I will ascertain how the police contacted you and how they seized their evidence. Charges may be dropped if proper warrants aren’t issued, evidence can’t connect you to the drugs or illegal wiretaps have been used. Additionally, confidential informants who are sometimes used in police investigations are typically people who have been charged in the past with drug crimes and may have engaged in illegal entrapment to arrest you. I will explore every detail and fight for your rights to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

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