Drug Trafficking In Florida


 Among the different types of drug crimes outlined by Florida law, such as drug possession, drug trafficking is one of the most serious charges prosecuted in the state. Drug trafficking is one of the few criminal charges that requires any individual convicted of this crime to serve a mandatory minimum sentence in prison and the extent of a charge is often determined on a case-by-case basis. If you have been charged with drug trafficking in Florida, contact The Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates immediately to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

What Is Drug Trafficking?

In Florida, drug trafficking is defined as knowingly selling, purchasing, manufacturing, delivering, importing or knowingly being in actual or constructive possession of, certain types of Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances in a statutorily specified quantity. The drug trafficking statute — Florida Statute § 893.135 — applies only to specific types and amounts or weights of controlled substances to which the statute refers.

What Are The Penalties For Drug Trafficking?

Most drug trafficking offenses in the State of Florida are charged as a first-degree felony, which is typically punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. Drug trafficking offenses can also be classified as first degree felonies, which are punishable by imprisonment for a duration of years not exceeding life in prison, as specified in Florida Statute § 775.082 as well as Florida Statute § 775.083.

A significant number of drug trafficking crimes are subject to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment, as dictated by Florida law. Drug trafficking crimes also include a mandatory fine, to which the amount is determined by the weight or quantity range that applies to the weight or quantity of the substance that was involved in the trafficking.

Quantity & Weight Thresholds For Drug Trafficking Charges

The minimum threshold quantity, amount, or weight required to charge an individual with crimes of drug trafficking in the State of Florida include the following. Contact us today for a free initial consultation with a Gainesville attorney who specializes in Florida criminal law.

  • Cocaine (28 grams)
  • Fentanyl (4 grams)
  • GHB (1 kilogram)
  • Hydrocodone (14 grams)
  • Cannabis (25 pounds/300 plants)
  • Heroin (4 grams)
  • LSD (1 gram)
  • Oxycodone (7 grams)
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) (10 grams)

Drug Trafficking Fines & Minimum Mandatory Sentences In Florida

Drug trafficking offenses include the following fines and minimum mandatory sentences and fines when prosecuted in the State of Florida.

Cannabis

  • 25 pounds to 2,000 pounds: 3 years in prison & $25,000 fine
  • 2,000 to 10,000 pounds: 7 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 10,000 pounds or more: 15 years in prison & $200,000 fine

Cocaine

  • 28 grams to 200 grams: 3 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 200 grams to 400 grams: 7 years in prison & $100,000 fine
  • 400 grams to 150 kilograms: 15 years in prison & $250,000 fine

Fentanyl

  • 4 grams to 14 grams: 3 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 14 grams to 28 grams: 15 years in prison & $100,000 fine
  • 28 grams to 30 kilograms: 25 years in prison & $500,000 fine

GHB

  • 1 kilogram to 5 kilograms: 3 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 5 kilograms to 10 kilograms: 7 years in prison & $100,000 fine
  • 10 kilograms or more: 15 years in prison & $250,000 fine

Hydrocodone

  • 14 grams to 28 grams: 3 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 28 grams to 50 grams: 7 years in prison & $100,000 fine
  • 50 grams to 200 grams: 15 years in prison & $500,000 fine
  • 200 grams to 30 kilograms: 25 years in prison & $750,000 fine

Heroin

  • 4 grams to 14 grams: 3 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 14 grams to 28 grams: 15 years in prison & $100,000 fine
  • 28 grams to 30 kilograms: 25 years in prison & $500,000 fine
  • 30 kilograms or more: life in prison & $500,000 fine

LSD

  • 1 gram to 5 grams: 3 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 5 grams to 7 grams: 7 years in prison & $100,000 fine
  • 7 grams or more: 15 years in prison & $500,000 fine

MDMA (Ecstacy)

  • 10 grams to 200 grams: 3 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 200 grams to 400 grams: 7 years in prison & $100,000 fine
  • 400 grams or more: 15 years in prison & $250,000 fine

Methamphetamine

  • 14 grams to 28 grams: 3 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 28 grams to 200 grams: 7 years in prison & $100,000 fine
  • 200 grams or more: 15 years in prison & $250,000 fine

Oxycodone

  • 7 grams to 14 grams: 3 years in prison & $50,000 fine
  • 14 grams to 25 grams: 7 years in prison & $100,000 fine
  • 25 grams to 100 grams: 15 years in prison & $500,000 fine
  • 100 grams to 30 kilograms: 25 years in prison & $750,000 fine