You could receive drug trafficking charges in Florida for possession with intent to distribute. Depending on the amount, the substance and other factors, conviction results in mandatory minimum jail time and other penalties.
Review the legal consequences of drug trafficking in Florida.
Heroin and opioid trafficking
Trafficking of heroin, morphine, fentanyl and other prescription opioids results in these penalties:
- At least three years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 for 4 to 14 grams
- At least seven years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 for 14 to 28 grams
- At least 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 for 28 grams to 38 kilograms
You can receive similar penalties for trafficking hallucinogens such as LSD, amphetamine and methamphetamine.
Felony charges for cocaine result from possession of more than 28 grams. For these charges, you could receive:
- At least three years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines for 28 to 200 grams
- At least seven years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 for 200 to 400 grams
- At least 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for 400 grams to 150 kilograms
A conviction for drug trafficking can also result in the revocation of your driver’s license and suspension of any professional licenses you hold in the state of Florida. However, you may have legal recourse if your case involves extenuating circumstances such as illegal search and seizure or other potential defenses.