What Is Considered Drug Trafficking?
If you are arrested and alleged to have drugs in your possession, two charges
are likely to apply: possession and drug trafficking. Trafficking is a
much more serious offense and can lead to a life sentence in prison. What
makes a drug trafficking charge so much more severe comes down to which
controlled substance and how much of it is alleged to be in your possession.
Below are the thresholds that will elevate possession of illegal drugs
to drug trafficking:
- Marijuana – 25 pounds
- Cocaine – 28 grams
- Crack Cocaine – 5 grams
- Heroin – 10 grams
- Methamphetamine – 20 grams
- PCP – 1 ounce or about 28 grams
- LSD – 1 gram
- Ecstasy (MDMA) – 10 grams or 30 tabs
Due to the opioid epidemic, however, drug trafficking charges were amended
to include charges for possessing certain prescription drugs in excessive
Quantity triggers for trafficking prescription drugs are as follows:
- Oxycodone – 400 grams
- Benzodiazepine – 500 grams
- Morphine – 1,000 grams
- Hydrocodone – 3,750 grams
It’s important to remember that the purpose or intent to possess
drugs in these quantities doesn’t affect a drug trafficking charge.
While someone may be given additional possession and distribution charges,
laws that prohibit drug trafficking are only concerned with how much of
a controlled substance was allegedly in that person’s possession.
Drug Trafficking Penalties in Oklahoma
It’s important to consult a
drug trafficking attorney in Tulsa as soon as you are arrested or charged. As a general rule, sentences for
drug trafficking are doubled for those of drug distribution.
That means penalties for drug trafficking carry mandatory minimum sentences
of 4 to 10 years in state prison. Added to that are the possibility of
a life sentence and up to
$500,000 in fines.
If someone is convicted of a second drug trafficking charge, their sentence
begins at three times that of punishment for distribution.
A third drug trafficking charge can lead to life in prison without the
possibility of parole.
Aggravated Drug Trafficking in Oklahoma
Oklahoma drug trafficking laws provide that someone alleged to be in possession
of a certain amount of a controlled substance that exceeds the minimum
that defines drug trafficking may be charged with aggravated drug trafficking.
An aggravated drug trafficking conviction can result in a mandatory minimum
sentence of 15 years in state prison. Those convicted are also compelled
to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before parole becomes possible.
Do You Need Legal Assistance?
If you have been arrested or charged, immediately contract our drug trafficking
attorneys in Tulsa for help. Enlow Law’s lawyers have more than
50 years of combined experience and can help you build the defense you
need to respond to allegations against you.
Take advantage of a free consultation to get the help you need.
Contact us online or call (918) 212-5359 to get in touch with Enlow Law today.