There are a variety of crimes that you could be charged with if you get found with drugs by law enforcement in Florida. One of those is drug trafficking, which according to the Florida Statutes, includes any instance involving more than the set amount of a drug where you are selling, making, transporting or buying it. The amount of the drug is dependent on the type of drug. In addition, the penalty is based on the type of drug and the amount.
For example, if a person is found with 4 or more grams of heroin, he or she is charged with a first-degree felony for trafficking. If the person has only 4 grams, then he or she will get a mandatory sentence of at least three years in prison and a $50,000 fine. However, if the person has 28 grams, he or she faces a mandatory sentence of at least 25 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.
Another example is marijuana or cannabis plants. The amount to be charged with trafficking is a minimum of 25 pounds or 300 plants. This is also a first-degree felony for drug trafficking. It also carries mandatory minimum sentences based upon the amount of marijuana or plants a person is found with. Prison sentences may range from three years to 15 years with fines from $25,000 to $200,000.
Each type of drug has its own mandatory minimum sentences if you are caught with a certain amount of the drug. In some cases, you could be charged with drug trafficking for having only supplies or tools used in the manufacturing of a substance. This information is for education and is not legal advice.