When we hear the term, “drug trafficking” in Florida, we think of cocaine hiding the belly of boats, speeding across the ocean, or marijuana packaged in big bundles, hidden in the false bottom of a pick-up truck. While these images do fit in with the big picture, they are very often not the drug traffickers the authorities pick up every day.

In Florida, it makes no difference if you are selling the drugs, using the drugs, or taking them to a friend according to our drug crimes attorneys. It boils down to the weight of the drug you have with you. Drugs are listed and classified. They include prescription drugs. If you have too much of the substance (with prescriptions it is well above what a person could take on their own), you are guilty of drug trafficking.

Examples

The quantity of hydrocodone that is legally considered trafficking amounts is 1400 grams. Maybe you take hydrocodone for pain. If you have 100 – 10 mg tablets, you have 1000 mg which is 1 gram. So, in order for you to have the number needed to land a drug trafficking charge, you would need more pills than any doctor could possibly give you.

These laws are in place to determine who is breaking the law on a personal level, and who is selling dangerous and illegal drugs to people on the street. If you are accused of violating one of these laws, get in touch with a drug crimes lawyer today.

Lists Of Drugs That Are On The Drug Trafficking Laws And Their Penalties

  • Cannabis: 25 pounds (or 300 or more plants)
    • 25-2,000 pounds – 3-year minimum in prison and a $25,000 fine
    • 2,000 pounds – 7-year minimum in prison and a $50,000 fine
    • 10,000 pounds or more – 15-years mandatory prison sentence (minimum) and a $200,000 fine
  • Cocaine: 28 grams
    • 28 grams – 200 grams:
      • 3 -years in jail & $50,000 fine
    • 200 grams – 400 grams:
      • 7 years in jail & $100,000 fine
    • 400 grams – 150 kilograms:
      • 15 years in prison & $250,000 fine
    • More than 150 kilograms:
      • First degree felony: Life Imprisonment without parole
    • Hydrocodone: 14 grams
      • 14 grams – 28 grams:
      • 3-year sentence & $50,000 fine
      • 29 grams – 49 grams:
      • 7-year sentence & $100,000 fine
      • 50 grams – 200 grams:
      • 15 sentence & $500,000 fine
      • 200 grams – 30 kilograms:
      • 25 sentence & $750,000 fine
    • LSD (acid): 1 gram
      • 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
      • Ecstasy: 10 grams
        • 10 grams or more but under 200 grams:
          • 3 sentence & $50,000 fine
        • 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams:
          • 7 sentence & $100,000 fine
        • 400 grams or more:
          • 15 sentence &$250,000 fine
        • Oxycodone: 7 grams
          • 7 grams – 14 grams:
            • 3 years & $50,000 fine
          • 14 grams – 25 grams:
            • 7 years &; $100,000 fine
          • 15 grams – 100 grams:
            • 15 years & $500,000 fine
          • 100 grams to 30 kilograms:
            • 25 years & $750,000 fine

Of course, this list does not cover all the drugs that could get you arrested for trafficking. If you have been accused, you should contact a drug crimes attorney immediately.