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Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws. As you can imagine drug trafficking is prevalent in South Florida. The federal government prosecutes these cases aggressively and the federal drug sentencing guidelines have been described as draconian.

Below is a basic overview of the federal sentencing guidelines for these serious drug offenses.

Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(b)(1)(A) and 960(b)(1), a statutory range of ten years to life applies to offenses involving at least:

  • 1 kilogram of Heroin

  • 5 kilograms of Cocaine (powder)

  • 280 grams of Cocaine base

  • 1,000 kilograms of Marijuana or 1,000 plants

  • 50 grams of actual Methamphetamine or 500 grams of mixture or substance

Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(b)(1)(B) and 960(b)(2), a statutory range of 5 to 40 years applies to offenses involving at least:

  • 100 grams of Heroin

  • 500 grams of Cocaine (powder)

  • 28 grams of Cocaine base

  • 100 kilograms of Marijuana or 100 plants

  • 5 grams of actual Methamphetamine or 50 grams of mixture or substance

A statutory maximum of 5 years is provided for offenses involving less than 50 kilograms of marijuana and for certain other lesser offenses. See 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(b)(1)(D) and 960(b)(4).

Being accused of a serious crime like Drug Trafficking is not the end but rather a beginning. It is the beginning of a fight for your life, your future and your freedom. When you are faced with a Federal Drug Trafficking charge, it is essential that you hire an experienced and aggressive Federal Criminal Defense Attorney.

For more information on Federal Drug Trafficking call Fort Lauderdale Federal Criminal Defense Attorney David J. Sobel directly at 954-383-3000.

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