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The State of Florida is very rigorous in its attempts to decrease the number of illegal drugs being passed around, which is why courts are very severe in prosecuting those who have been caught with or accused of trafficking different drugs, no matter the amounts. In many cases, an individual is not even a true "drug dealer," or certainly not leading an illegal ring of drug trafficking. Still, the law imposes harsh prison sentences and fines in order to stamp out drug trafficking. Along with extremely severe consequences, including prison sentences, steep fines, and extended probation time periods, those who have been accused of drug trafficking are forced to face other penalties as well. Many end up losing their homes, even forfeiting cars that the government claims are connected to the trading of drugs.

Our attorneys at Alers Law Firm know that being accused of drug trafficking when you are innocent or only minimally involved is an unfair position to be in. Your entire life could brutally change in an instant. This is why our drug trafficking lawyers in Orlando explain your options from an honest legal standpoint and work vigorously to defend you at all costs.

Contact us at (407) 988-0992 to find out how we can defend you from accusations of trafficking drugs.

Types of Drugs

There are several drugs which the government closely monitors to identify cases of illegal trafficking. Being caught with these drugs will most often result in a case where you are charged with trafficking as well as possession.

Some of the drugs which often result in accusations of illegal trafficking include:

  • Cannabis
  • Hydrocodone
  • MDMA (Ecstasy)
  • GHB
  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth or Meth)
  • Cocaine
  • Oxycodone

Florida Drug Trafficking Penalties

In Florida, drug trafficking is a first-degree felony, punishable by a wide range of penalties, such as prison time—including mandatory minimum penalties—and fines worth tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars. The exact penalties are based on the type of drug, the amount of drugs in question, the defendant’s criminal history, etc.

The following are the penalties for heroin trafficking in Florida:

  • Between four grams and less than 14 grams of heroin – Punishable by imprisonment between three and 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.

  • Between 14 grams and less than 28 grams of heroin – Carries a prison sentence ranging from 15 and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • Between 28 grams and less than 30 kilograms of heroin – Punishable by imprisonment between 25 and 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $500,000.

  • 30 or more kilograms of heroin – Carries a lifetime prison sentence and/or a maximum fine of $500,000.

The following are the penalties for cocaine trafficking in Florida:

  • Between 28 and 199 grams of cocaine – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.

  • Between 200 and 399 grams of cocaine – Carries a prison term between seven and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • Between 400 grams and 149 kilos of cocaine – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $250,000.

The following are the penalties for fentanyl trafficking in Florida:

  • Between four and less than 14 grams of fentanyl – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.

  • Between 14 grams and less than 28 grams of heroin – Carries a prison sentence ranging from 15 and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • 28 grams or more of fentanyl – Punishable by imprisonment between 25 and 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $500,000.

The following are penalties for methamphetamine trafficking in Florida:

  • Between 14 and less than 28 grams of methamphetamine – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.

  • Between 28 grams and less than 200 grams of methamphetamine – Carries a prison term between seven and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • 200 grams or more of methamphetamine – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $250,000.

The following are the penalties for MDMA (Ecstasy) trafficking in Florida:

  • Between 10 and less than 200 grams of MDMA – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.

  • Between 200 and less than 400 grams of MDMA – Carries a prison term between seven and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • Between 400 grams and 30 kilograms of MDMA – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $250,000.

The following are the penalties for LSD trafficking in Florida:

  • Between one gram and less than five grams of LSD– Punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.

  • Between five grams and less than seven grams of LSD – Carries a prison term between seven and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • Seven grams or more of LSD – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $500,000.

The following are the penalties for Oxycodone trafficking in Florida:

  • Between seven and less than 14 grams of Oxycodone – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.

  • Between 14 and less than 25 grams of Oxycodone – Carries a prison term between seven and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • Between 25 and less than 100 grams of Oxycodone – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $500,000.

  • Between 100 grams and 30 kilograms of Oxycodone – Carries a prison sentence between 25 and 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $750,000.

The following are the penalties for Hydrocodone trafficking in Florida:

  • Between 28 and less than 50 grams of Hydrocodone – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.

  • Between 50 and less than 100 grams of Hydrocodone – Carries a prison term between seven and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • Between 100 and less than 300 grams of Hydrocodone – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $500,000.

  • Between 300 grams and 30 kilograms of Hydrocodone – Carries a prison sentence between 25 and 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $750,000.

The following are the penalties for GHB trafficking in Florida:

  • Between one and four kilograms of GHB – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.

  • Between five and nine kilograms of GHB – Carries a prison term between seven and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

  • Ten kilograms or more of GHB – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $250,000.

The following are the penalties for marijuana trafficking in Florida:

  • Between 25 and 1,999 pounds of marijuana or between 300 and 1,999 cannabis plants – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $25,000.

  • Between 2,000 and 9,999 pounds of marijuana or between 2,000 and 1,999 cannabis plants – Carries a prison term between seven and 30 years and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

  • 10,000 pounds or more of marijuana or 10,000 or more cannabis plants – Punishable by imprisonment ranging from 15 to 30 years and/or a maximum fine of $200,000.

Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

Since drug trafficking typically involves manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing narcotics in different states or even countries, it can be charged as a federal offense. Federal drug crimes carry harsher penalties compared to state drug crimes.

The following are the federal criminal penalties for heroin trafficking:

  • Between 100 and 999 grams of heroin mixture – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between five and 40 years. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $2 million for a person or $5 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 10 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group.

  • One kilogram or more of heroin mixture – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between 10 years and a lifetime sentence. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 20 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $8 million for a person or $20 million for a group. If a defendant has two or more prior offenses, a conviction results in life imprisonment.

The following are the federal criminal penalties for cocaine trafficking:

  • Between 500 and 4,999 grams of cocaine mixture, or between five and 49 grams of cocaine base – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between five and 40 years. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $2 million for a person or $5 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 10 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group.

  • Five kilograms or more of cocaine mixture, or 50 grams or more of cocaine base – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between 10 years and a lifetime sentence. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 20 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $8 million for a person or $20 million for a group. If a defendant has two or more prior offenses, a conviction results in life imprisonment.

The following are the federal criminal penalties for fentanyl trafficking:

  • Between 40 and 399 grams of fentanyl mixture – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between five and 40 years. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $2 million for a person or $5 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 10 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group.

  • 400 grams or more of fentanyl mixture – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between 10 years and a lifetime sentence. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 20 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $8 million for a person or $20 million for a group. If a defendant has two or more prior offenses, a conviction results in life imprisonment.

The following are the federal criminal penalties for LSD trafficking:

  • Between one and nine grams of LSD mixture – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between five and 40 years. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $2 million for a person or $5 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 10 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group.

  • Ten grams or more of LSD mixture – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between 10 years and a lifetime sentence. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 20 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $8 million for a person or $20 million for a group. If a defendant has two or more prior offenses, a conviction results in life imprisonment.

The following are the federal criminal penalties for PCP trafficking:

  • Between 10 and 99 grams of pure PCP or between 100 and 999 grams of PCP mixture – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between five and 40 years. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $2 million for a person or $5 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 10 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group.

  • 100 grams or more of pure PCP or one kilogram or more of PCP mixture – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between 10 years and a lifetime sentence. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 20 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $8 million for a person or $20 million for a group. If a defendant has two or more prior offenses, a conviction results in life imprisonment.

The following are the federal criminal penalties for marijuana trafficking:

  • Less than 50 kilograms of marijuana mixture or between one and 49 cannabis plants – A first offense carries a maximum federal prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $250,000 for a person or $1 million for a group. A second offense is punishable by federal imprisonment for up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $500,000 for a person or $2 million for a group. Between 50 and 99 kilograms of marijuana mixture or between 50 and 99 cannabis plants – A first offense carries a maximum federal prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million for a person or $5 million for a group. If a death or serious injury is involved, a conviction can result in a prison term between 20 years and lifetime imprisonment. A second offense is punishable by federal imprisonment for up to 30 years and a maximum fine of $2 million for a person or $10 million for a group. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to mandatory life imprisonment.

  • Between 100 and 999 kilograms of marijuana mixture or between 100 and 999 cannabis plants – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between five and 40 years. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $2 million for a person or $5 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 10 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group.

  • 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana mixture or 1,000 or more cannabis plants – A first offense is punishable by a federal prison term between 10 years and a lifetime sentence. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction results in a federal prison sentence between 20 years and life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $4 million for a person or $10 million for a group. A second offense carries a federal prison term between 20 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious injury is involved, then a conviction can lead to a federal prison sentence of life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $8 million for a person or $20 million for a group. If a defendant has two or more prior offenses, a conviction results in life imprisonment.

Defenses to Drug Trafficking

Our skilled drug trafficking defense attorneys are highly experienced at representing those who have been accused of this crime, utilizing their deep knowledge of trafficking laws to help you receive justice.

Some of the most common examples of defenses against drug trafficking include:

  • Defense of illegally searching or seizing drugs – Sometimes law enforcement goes above and beyond their allotted authority. If police officers, detectives, or others in law enforcement positions physically force people to have their cars, houses, or bodies searched for improbable cause, or even coerce people to supposedly agree to a search, this is an example of illegal searching. Seizing drugs through warrants obtained in bad faith is also barred. Our attorneys can prove that such search and seizure behavior was unlawful, and file for “Motion to Suppress” under the fact the Fourth Amendment has been violated, leading to the courts dismissing the case.
  • Entrapment – This is defined as the event where an officer of law enforcement or another informant persuades or induces someone to commit a crime. Even for the sake of exposing a larger organization or crime group, it is unlawful to trick someone into committing a crime, and courts would immediately dismiss charges if illegal entrapment is proven.

Honest & Determined Legal Advocacy

The legal team at Alers Law Firm is very empathetic to your situation. We are not only ready to listen but are determined to fight aggressively for your cause. Our insightful lawyers can uncover all the details of your case, even pursuing government or law enforcement officials who have unjustly accused you of drug trafficking.

Contact us now at (407) 988-0992 to receive experienced support from our drug trafficking attorneys in Orlando.

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