Drug trafficking is a very serious charge and if you are convicted of this crime, you need to consult an attorney because you could potentially face decades in prison. Drug trafficking prosecution means you knowingly or intentionally manufactured, distributed, or dispenses a controlled substance or possessed it with the intent to do so.
Even for first time offenders, you could be in prison for over a year or more or even life. You can also face hefty fines ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to up to $10 million. Usually, probation is only part of a plea bargain where the accused agrees to plea guilty to a less serious charge but you must meet specific conditions ordered by the court such as being monitored by a probation officer, submitting to random drug testing, and not leaving the state.
Many people think drug trafficking is the same as drug dealing but drug trafficking is referred to the mass distribution of illegal substances for the purpose of distribution. Sometimes known as a smuggler who is believed to be involved in a large scale organization specifically designed to carry illegal substances across jurisdictions whether that be state to state or from country to country. More, a defendant does not have to be found with the substance to be charged with trafficking. There just needs to be proof of your activities with a known trafficking organization.
The federal government is likely to get involved in a trafficking investigation if: you are suspected of trafficking in unusually large amounts of methamphetamine; you are suspected of illegal drug distribution across state or national borders’ or you are suspected of drug dealing in what is known as a Highly Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which are areas targeted by federal authorities for intensified surveillance. If you find yourself caught up with drug trafficking organizations and are faced with a conviction, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.