What To Expect When Facing Drug Trafficking Charges

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Anytime someone gets a drug trafficking charge it is considered by most to be on a higher level than just being charged for drug dealing. On the books, California law does not differentiate between the two charges but most of those in law enforcement do. Prosecutors, judges and of course the police consider someone who has been given a charge of trafficking as someone who is significantly involved in the drug trade and therefore warrants such a high-level charge.

When someone is doing more than just exchanging drugs and money, this is when they are charged with trafficking. If they are dealing in very large quantities, or they are involved in the transportation of those drugs across borders, or if they are involved in laundering money or manufacturing the drug, all of these can play a part in the greater charge of trafficking.

Anytime someone is involved in transporting drugs from another state into California, or from other countries, they will typically use networks for doing so. Law enforcement in-turn incorporates the help of several agencies that all work together in seizing the drugs and making arrests. Together the local law enforcement authorities along with state and federal agencies have worked together and they have concluded that the counties of Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino are the main areas in California with a high density of drug trafficking. Agents of law enforcement work together to bring down the transportation and pipelines that help bring drugs in, such as catching mules or meth labs.

Selling Large Quantities

If someone is convicted of selling any hard drugs like hydrocodone or oxycodone or if they are involved in the sale of heroin or cocaine, then they can receive up to five years in prison under California statutes. Selling drugs such as GBS and ketamine or methamphetamine can result in getting 4 years in prison. If the amount of the drugs exceed a kilogram, this will result in stiffer sentencing.

For every kilogram, the maximum sentence can be increased by 3 years. These increases can go up to 25 years for situations involving over 80 kilograms. As well as the other drugs mentioned, the sale of PCP or methamphetamine can also lead to sentencing being increased when the amount exceeds a kilogram. 20 kilograms can result in a 15-year sentence above the maximum.

Transportation And Importation

California law stipulates that when drugs are transported from one place to another it is a felony charge. Even simply taking it from your neighbor’s house back to your’s next door is enough to receive a felony charge. If convicted you can receive up to 5 years for that crime. If someone is found guilty of taking those drugs across more than one county in California, then they can receive up to 9 years.

Bringing drugs in from another country is a very serious crime. If it involves large quantities it’s even more serious. These crimes carry a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison. If you are convicted of taking in higher quantities you could receive a life sentence.

Drug Conspiracy

Anytime someone agrees to participate with another person to sell, transport, or distribute any type of illegal drug, they can be charged with a crime of conspiracy. They don’t actually have to follow through and do anything in order to be convicted. California law allows for the charge of ‘minor involvement’ in such a situation.

California has a number of enhanced penalties whenever there are large amounts of drugs involved. In addition to the ability to charge a man with minor involvement, if they are found to be more involved in activities such as financing, planning, transportation or other responsibilities for the sale of large quantities of drugs, then the enhanced penalties can be used.

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