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Drug Trafficking

In Florida, drug trafficking is a serious offense that can result in some of the harshest criminal penalties. Depending on the circumstances, these penalties can range from a few years in prison, to a life sentence.

If an individual has been charged with drug trafficking, taking the appropriate action is critical. With so many drugs on the black market, including marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy, it is easy to get confused about which drugs are associated with which penalties. Therefore, it is imperative that you contact a knowledgeable South Walton drug defense attorney, who will help you craft a strong defense.  

Destin Drug Trafficking Lawyer

Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a consultation on your alleged drug trafficking in Crestview, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola and Panama City and the surrounding areas. The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are experienced in dealing with drug trafficking cases and will handle your case with care and dedication.

Call Clay Adkinson today at if you have been charged with drug trafficking in Destin, South Walton, and the surrounding areas. Your initial consultation is free and can provide you with valuable insight into your defense options.


Drug Trafficking Definition In Florida

According to Fla. Stat. § 893.13, an individual can be charged with drug trafficking if he or she sells or delivers any controlled substance. A person can also be charged with this offense if he or she travels across state lines, into Florida, with any controlled substance that they are not legally authorized to possess.

Drug trafficking is a serious crime that can only be classified as a felony. The penalties associated with this offense are determined by the type and amount of drugs trafficked, as well as where the substances were trafficked.


Breakdown of Drugs and Controlled Substances  

In Florida, all controlled substances are categorized in Schedules. These categories are based on how addictive each drug is, and whether or not the drug has any medical purposes.

There are five schedules, ranging from the most addictive, to the least addictive drugs. The schedules also determine how serious each drug trafficking offense is. The higher the drug ranks, the more likely an individual is to receive a more significant punishment. For example, an individual faces a more substantial punishment if he or she is convicted of trafficking a drug listed in Schedule I than if he or she trafficked a drug from Schedule V.

    • Schedule I substances are the drugs that are the most likely to be abused and have no medical purpose in the United States. Some examples of commonly abused schedule I drugs are Heroin, Marijuana, Bath Salts, Ecstasy, Magic Mushrooms, and Methadone.
    • Schedule II substances are associated with a high likelihood for abuse, but have common medical applications in the United States. Examples include Morphine, Cocaine, Opium, Pure Hydrocodone, Pure Codeine, and Opiates.
    • Schedule III substances are typically less likely to be abused than Schedule I or II substances, and have a variety of medical uses in the United States. Examples of Schedule III substances are Vicodin and Anabolic Steroids.
    • Schedule IV substances are associated with a low potential for abuse and have very specific medical uses. Some examples include Xanax and Valium.
    • Schedule V substances have the lowest potential to be abused and are frequently used for medical purposes in the United States.

Penalties for Trafficking In Cannabis

According to Fla. Stat. § 893.135 anyone who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this Florida an excess of 25 pounds of cannabis, or 300 or more cannabis plants, can be charged with a felony of the first degree. The severity of each sentence is dependent upon the amount of drugs trafficked, and the categories are as follows:

  • If the amount of Cannabis trafficked weighs between 25 and 2,000 pounds, or there are between 300 and 2,000 cannabis plants, there is a mandatory prison sentence of at least three years, as well as a $25,000 fine.
  • For amounts that weigh between 2,000 and 10,000 pounds, or if the number of cannabis plants are between 2,000 and 10,000, there is a mandatory prison sentence of at least seven years, and a $50,000 fine.
  • Amounts weighing 10,000 pounds or more, or if there are 10,000 or more cannabis plants, the mandatory prison sentence is at least 15 years, along with a $200,000 fine.

To determine if a piece or part of a plant that has been severed is in fact a cannabis plant, the severed piece or part must have some readily observable evidence of root formation, such as root hairs.


Trafficking in Cocaine Penalties in Florida

According to Fla. Stat. § 893.135 any individual who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings at least 28 grams of cocaine into Florida, is guilty of a felony in the first degree. The mandatory sentences for each level of offense are as follows:

  • If the amount of Cocaine trafficked is between 28 and 200 grams, the individual faces a mandatory prison sentence of at least three years, as well as a $50,000 fine.
  • Amounts of Cocaine trafficked that are between 200 and 400 carries a minimum term of imprisonment of 7 years, and the defendant shall be ordered to pay a fine of $100,000.
  • For amounts weighing between 400 grams and 150 kilograms, there is a mandatory prison sentence of at least 15 years, along with a $250,000 fine.
  • If an individual is charged with trafficking 150 kilograms or more of Cocaine, he or she shall be punished by life imprisonment and is ineligible for any form of discretionary early release.

Commonly Trafficked Drugs

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Hydrocodone, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD or Acid), 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or Ecstasy), and Oxycodone are some other commonly trafficked drugs in Florida. Alleged trafficking charges involving tehse types drugs can result in the following mandatory minimum prison sentences and steep fines:

GHB

1 kilogram or more but less than 5 kilograms

3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine

5 kilograms or more but less than 10 kilograms

7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine

10 kilograms or more

15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

Hydrocodone

14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams

3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine

28 grams or more, but less than 50 grams

7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine

50 grams or more, but less than 200 grams

15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine

200 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms

25 years in prison and a $750,000 fine

LSD

1 gram or more, but less than 5 grams

3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine

5 grams or more, but less than 7 grams

7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine

7 grams or more

15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine

MDMA/Ecstasy

10 grams or more, but less than 200 grams

3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine

200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams

7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine

400 grams or more

15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

Oxycodone

7 grams or more, but less than 14 grams

3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine

14 grams or more, but less than 25 grams

7 years in prison and a $100,000 fine

25 grams or more, but less than 100 grams

15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine

100 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms

25 years in prison and a $750,000 fine


Adkinson Law Firm, LLC | South Walton Drug Trafficking Attorney

If you are facing criminal charges for alleged drug trafficking in Florida Panhandle, including the areas of DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Vernon, Bonifay, Pensacola, and Milton, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today. Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is a committed DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney who will thoroughly review the facts of your case and make every effort to help you avoid the penalties and repercussions associated with your offense.

Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your alleged drug trafficking case.