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Drug Trafficking

Drug Trafficking: A Serious Criminal Charge

Drug trafficking is the term used in Florida’s criminal law to describe the sale, delivery, manufacture, or possession of illegal drugs and controlled substances over a certain weight or quantity. Politicians focused on passing legislation favoring Florida’s “War on Drugs” have created severe mandatory minimum penalties for drug trafficking offenses. The punishment for drug trafficking in Florida ranges from a minimum of three years to a maximum of a life sentence in prison, depending upon the quantity and type of drug.

Originally, Florida Statute 893.135 was enacted with the specific purpose of targeting high level drug dealers, or “traffickers.” This statute provides that if a person is found with a certain quantity of a drug in their possession, the person is considered to be “trafficking” in the drug trade. Such a designation is often unfair. This is particularly true when there is an absence of any evidence suggesting that the person was engaged in the regular sale or delivery of drugs.

If you have been arrested for a drug trafficking offense in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, or other area of Pinellas County, you need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Some of the most common drug trafficking charges in Pinellas County include:

  • Trafficking in Oxycodone – Florida Statute 893.135(1)(c)
  • Trafficking in Hydrocodone – Florida Statute 893.135(1)(c)
  • Trafficking in Cocaine – Florida Statute 893.135(1)(b)
  • Trafficking in Ecstasy – Florida Statute 893.135(1)(k)
  • Trafficking in GHB – Florida Statute 893.135(1)(h)
  • Trafficking in Marijuana – Florida Statute 893.135(1)(a)
  • Trafficking in LSD – Florida Statute 893.135(1)(l)
  • Trafficking in Heroin – Florida Statute 893.135(1)(c)
  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine – Florida Statute 893.135(1)(f)

Florida Drug Trafficking Penalties

Individuals charged with drug trafficking offenses arising out of the St. Petersburg & Clearwater area face severe penalties. These include lengthy mandatory prison sentences, forfeiture of assets, and substantial fines. Furthermore, a felony conviction for drug trafficking can follow you for the rest of your life, making it difficult to secure lawful employment.

Florida Statute 893.135 Provides Minimum Mandatory Penalties If You Are Convicted

Trafficking in Hydrocodone: Mandatory Minimum Sentence
4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams
(offense dates after 7/01/14): 14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams
3 years + $50,000 fine
(after 7/01/14): 3 years + $50,000 fine
14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams
(offense dates after 7/01/14): 28 grams or more, but less than 50 grams
15 years + $100,000 fine
(after 7/01/14): 7 years + $100,00 fine
28 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms
(offense dates after 7/01/14): 50 grams or more, but less than 200 grams
25 years + $500,000 fine
(after 7/01/14): 15 years + $500,000 fine
(offense dates after 7/01/14): 200 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms (after 7/01/14): 25 years + $750,000 fine
Trafficking in Oxycodone: Mandatory Minimum Sentence
4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams
(offense dates after 7/01/14): 7 grams or more, but less than 14 grams
3 years + $50,000 fine
(after 7/01/14): 3 years + $50,000 fine
14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams
(offense dates after 7/01/14): 14 grams or more, but less than 25 grams
15 years + $100,000 fine
(after 7/01/14): 7 years + $100,000 fine
28 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms
(offense dates after 7/01/14): 25 grams or more, but less than 100 grams
25 years + $500,000 fine
(after 7/01/14): 15 years + $500,000 fine
(offense dates after 7/01/14): 100 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms (after 7/01/14): 25 years + $750,000 fine
Trafficking in Cocaine: Mandatory Minimum Sentence
28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams 3 years + $50,000 fine
200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams 7 years + $100,000 fine
400 grams or more, but less than 150 kilograms 15 years + $250,000 fine
Trafficking in MDMA (Ecstasy) Mandatory Minimum Sentence
10 grams or more but less than 200 grams 3 years + $50,000 fine
200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams 7 years + $100,000 fine
400 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms 15 years + $250,000 fine
Trafficking in Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) Mandatory Minimum Sentence
1 kilogram or more but less than 5 kilograms 3 years + $50,000 fine
5 kilograms or more but less than 10 kilograms 7 years + $100,000 fine
10 kilograms or more but less than 150 kilograms 15 years + $250,000 fine
Trafficking in Marijuana Mandatory Minimum Sentence
In excess of 25 pounds, but less than 2,000 pounds, or 300 or more marijuana plants, but not more than 2,000 marijuana plants 3 years + $25,000 fine
2,000 pounds or more, but less than 10,000 pounds, or 2,000 or more marijuana plants, but not more than 10,000 marijuana plants 7 years + $50,000 fine
10,000 pounds or more, or 10,000 or more marijuana plants 15 years + $200,000 fine
Trafficking in Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) Mandatory Minimum Sentence
1 gram or more, but less than 5 grams 3 years + $50,000 fine
5 grams or more, but less than 7 grams 7 years + $100,000 fine
7 grams or more 15 years + $500,000 fine
Trafficking in Heroin Mandatory Minimum Sentence
4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams  3 years + $50,000 fine
14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams  15 years + $100,000 fine
28 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms  25 years + $500,000 fine
30 kilograms or more  life imprisonment
Trafficking in Methamphetamine Mandatory Minimum Sentence
14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams  3 years + $50,000 fine
.28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams  7 years + $100,000 fine
200 grams or more  15 years + $250,000 fine

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