Serious Ramifications of Drug Trafficking
A federal drug conviction puts the person arrested at risk of being denied federal benefits such as school loans, scholarships and professional licenses. Individuals charged with trafficking risk the forfeiture of personal property, including the seizure of property where the drugs are allegedly housed or made. In addition to prison time, a person faces significant fines and restitution – up to millions of dollars – depending on the nature and extent of the criminal charges.
If prior felony drug convictions exist, then drug convictions of five or more kilograms of cocaine, 10 or more grams of LSD, 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana or 50 or more grams of methamphetamine will result in a minimum 10 years of prison time. Convictions involving 500 or more grams of cocaine, one or more grams of LSD, 100 or more kilograms of marijuana, or five or more grams of methamphetamine result in sentences of five to 40 years.
An extensive burden of proof weighs on the federal prosecution. This can work to a person’s advantage, but it is important that a criminal defense attorney with extensive drug trafficking experience be contacted as soon as possible to preserve any evidence and determine whether agents legally searched and/or seized any property.