Drug Trafficking

State & Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

State and federal laws surrounding drug charges cover a lot of the same ground. However, there are also many differences between state and federal drug laws.

Types of Federal Drug Crimes

Some types of federal drug offenses may include the sale, manufacturing, cultivation, possession, and/or distribution of certain controlled substances.

These drugs, or controlled substances, might include:

  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Oxycodone
  • Vicodin
Drug Trafficking and Federal Offenses

The transport of illegal substances, either across state lines, or from one country to another, is recognized as a federal drug trafficking offense.

Sentencing for Federal Drug Trafficking

Even when facing a first-time federal drug trafficking offense, someone could still be looking up to forty-years in jail, and a pretty substantial monetary fine.

For example, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), any schedule I, II, II, IV and V narcotic may require a fine of up to $25 million for first-time federal drug trafficking offenses. This generally pertains to federal drug trafficking charges that involved more than one person.

Types of schedule II drugs can include:

  • Cocaine Base
  • Cocaine
  • Fentanyl
  • Methamphetamine
  • PCP

For a second offense, there may be a sentence of 20-years or more, and possibly a find between $20 million and $75 million dollars, depending on how many individuals are involved.

However, if someone faces federal drug trafficking charges, and they can be related to death or serious bodily injury, that person may face a sentence of life-imprisonment.

Federal drug trafficking charges can be very serious. If you are need a federal drug trafficking attorney, or would like to find out more, call (216) 407-5199.

Drug Codes in Ohio

In Ohio, it is illegal to transport any narcotic, or controlled substance. Any type of drug trafficking in Ohio is considered to be a felony offense of the fifth degree.

However, if that person engages in any drug trafficking activity while in the vicinity of minors, or in the area of a school, it will be considered a felony offense of the fourth degree.

The explicit sentence of a drug trafficking charge often depends on the quantity of the illicit drug that is discovered. It also depends on what section of narcotic the specific drug is classified as (schedule, I, II, III…etc.).

How Can a Federal Drug Trafficking Attorney Help?

A federal drug trafficking attorney can help charges be either dropped, or reduced. They do anything possible to benefit their client.

A lawyer experienced in handling drug trafficking may also help challenge any evidence presented, to combat any charges their client may be facing.

There are many strategies that can be used when approaching a drug trafficking offense. An experienced attorney can ensure that all these avenues are explored, and utilized on behalf of their client.