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Drug Trafficking Case

Under federal law, it is an offense to do the following in regard to controlled substances, or illegal drugs:

  • Manufacture
  • Import
  • Export
  • Distribute
  • Dispense
  • Possession with the intent to do any of the above

Penalties depend upon the amount and type of drug being trafficked. For example, penalties for trafficking between 500 and 4,999 grams of a cocaine mixture, when prosecuted as a first offense include:

  • Not less than five years or more than 40 in prison
  • If death or serious injury are involved, not less than 20 years or more than life
  • Fine of not more than $5 million if an individual
  • Fine of $25 million if not an individual

Penalties for Trafficking Cocaine

However, when trafficking of five kilograms or more of a cocaine mixture is being prosecuted, the penalties may include:

  • Not less than 10 years and not more than life.
  • If death or serious injury is involved, not less than 20 years or more than life. The fine is not more than $10 million if an individual, and not more than $50 million if not an individual

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists other severe penalties, depending upon the amount being trafficked for the following drugs:

  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Methamphetamine
  • PCP
  • Other Schedule I and II drugs (and any drug containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid)
  • Other Schedule III drugs (for example, Vicodin®)
  • Schedule IV drugs (Flunitrazepam)
  • Schedule V drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Hashish

Contact a Drug Trafficking Lawyer

Federal and State criminal defense attorney David M. Dudley is an accomplished lawyer in the area of drug trafficking charges. He has helped dozens of clients accused of drug trafficking through the criminal justice system, getting sentences reduced or cases dismissed. When confronting the organized justice system and the DEA, you must have an experienced, skilled litigator working for you.

If you’ve been charged with any of the federal crimes of drug manufacturing, importation, exportation, distribution, dispensing or possession, you should seek the services of Mr. Dudley. He has handled cases involving large quantities of:

  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • PCP
  • LSD
  • Ecstasy

For more than 25 years, Mr. Dudley’s law practice has taken him across the country, representing individuals facing major criminal allegations in 36 different states. He has handled matters in both the trial and appellate courts, state and federal, and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and seven federal circuit courts of appeal.