Drug Trafficking in Florida
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The basic definition of drug trafficking is the transport of illegal controlled
substances from one location to another, usually for the purpose of sale
or distribution. This could from one city to another, across county lines,
interstate, or across national borders. Trafficking offenses are often
handled by county and state law enforcement and government officials;
however, extreme cases involving very large quantities of drugs or international
trafficking could be a federal offense, which could involve government
agencies such as the
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Florida Drug Trafficking Laws & Penalties
The laws for drug trafficking can be found in
§ 893.135, Fla. Stat (2012), where it states that is illegal to deliver a controlled substance. The
severity of the punishment depends on the type of drug being trafficked
and how much is being moved. More than 25 pounds of cannabis (marijuana)
is a first degree felony offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison
and a $10,000 fine, but the sentence only increases with the amount of
marijuana in question. Ten thousand pounds or more of marijuana will result
in a minimum prison sentence of 15 years, plus a $200,000 fine.
Other drugs that are specifically listed in this section of law include
cocaine, heroin, morphine and codeine, all of which are first degree felonies.
Drug trafficking can also be a capital felony if a person is intentionally
killed by the offender, or if the offender counseled, commanded, or caused
the killing in any way, while trafficking drugs. Capital felonies are
punishable by death or a life sentence in prison.
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of drug trafficking. Contact the
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