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When do drug possession charges become drug trafficking charges?

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Drug Crimes

Drug charges can be a severe problem, no matter what kind of charges you are facing. There are a lot of different consequences that can come with drug charges, and they can get severely worse, depending on the nature of the charges.

The difference in consequences between possession charges and trafficking charges can leave you with thousands of dollars in additional fines and even years more in jail. Despite the substantial differences in sentencing, the difference in the actual crime can be minimal. So, what is the line between possession and trafficking?

Know the difference

Growing, producing, distributing, shipping or selling drugs constitutes a drug crime. Additionally, possessing too much of a drug can qualify as trafficking, as police may allege you possessed with the intent to sell. There is a legal minimum amount for various drugs for a possession crime to escalate to a trafficking crime. The amounts of these drugs are as follows:

  • LSD: one or more grams
  • Crack cocaine: five or more grams
  • Powdered cocaine: 500 or more grams
  • Heroin: 100 or more grams

For marijuana, possessing more than 200 grams will resulting felony charges, up to one year of incarceration, and up to $2,500 in fines.

Do not take the risk

While the best way to avoid trafficking charges is not to possess any drugs at all, there are other ways of defending yourself. If you are facing trafficking charges, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for the representation you need. They can help you beat your charges, negotiate for reduced charges or even reduced sentencing.