In Florida, drug trafficking is a first-degree felony and is defined as the sale, purchase, manufacture, delivery, or mere possession of drugs over a certain amount. That means you can be criminally charged based on your actions OR solely based on the amount of drugs found in your possession absent any evidence of sale or delivery.
The "War on Drugs" has created incredibly harsh penalties if convicted of drug trafficking. For cannabis, if you are found in possession of and convicted for more than 25 pounds, you are facing a minimum mandatory penalty of three years' imprisonment and $25,000 fine. If convicted of possessing more than 2,000 pounds of cannabis, you are facing a minimum mandatory of seven years' imprisonment and $50,000 fine. And if it's more than 10,000 pounds or plants? You are facing a minimum mandatory of 15 years of imprisonment and $200,000 fine. These minimum mandatory punishments are in addition to a slew of other penalties possible, including probation, parole, and even driver license suspensions.
There are similar penalties for other drugs in different amounts. For cocaine, possession of 28 grams or more and you are looking at minimum mandatory prison and high fines. Possession of merely four grams of heroin, opium, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, oxycodoene, or morphine has similar penalties.
It is possible for your attorney to contact the prosecutor responsible for filing charges against you, and provide them with weaknesses on your behalf to reduce the charges prior to formal filing. In addition, there are several defenses that can be used in these types of cases, including challenging the state's evidence and confidential informant (C.I.) and entrapment. As soon as you are arrested for drug trafficking, contact us for a free consultation and speak with a criminal defense attorney that you can trust and that will fight aggressively for you.