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Drug Trafficking

Drug Trafficking can be found in Florida Statute 893.135. When you think of drug trafficking, you have to think about the words “minimum mandatory”. A minimum mandatory is a mandatory prison sentence that a judge is required to impose if a person is found guilty. Trafficking charges carry minimum mandatory sentences that are imposed based on the amount of drugs found in your possession. In Florida, Trafficking Charges are charged as a first-degree felony, punishable by up to thirty years in prison. The Judge can lawfully exceed any minimum mandatory sentence.

Trafficking in Cannabis

To prove the crime of Trafficking in Cannabis, the State is required to prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The Defendant knowingly possessed, sold, purchased, manufactured, delivered, or brought into Florida, a certain substance;
  2. The substance was cannabis;
  3. The cannabis weighed more than 25 pounds, or constituted 300 or more cannabis plants.
Minimum Mandatory Sentences for Trafficking in Cannabis
  • Cannabis in excess of 25 pounds but less than 2,000 poundsThree Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $25,000.00 fine.
  • Cannabis in excess of 300 plants but less than 2,000 plantsThree Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $25,000.00 fine.
  • Cannabis in excess of 2,000 pounds but less than 10,000 poundsSeven Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $50,000.00 fine.
  • Cannabis in excess of 2,000 plants but less than 10,000 plants – Seven Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $50,000.00 fine.
  • Cannabis in excess of 10,000 pounds – Fifteen Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $200,000.00 fine.
Trafficking in Cocaine

To prove the crime of Trafficking in Cocaine, the State is required to prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The Defendant knowingly possessed, sold, purchased, manufactured, delivered, or brought into Florida, a certain substance;
  2. The substance was cocaine;
  3. The cannabis weighed more than 28 grams.
Minimum Mandatory Sentences for Trafficking in Cocaine
  • Cocaine in excess of 28 grams but less than 200 grams – Three Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $50,000.00 fine.
  • Cocaine in excess of 200 grams but less than 400 grams – Seven Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $100,000.00 fine.
  • Cocaine in excess of 400 grams but less than 150 kilograms – Fifteen Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $250,000.00 fine.
  • Cocaine in excess of 150 kilograms – Life in Prison.
Trafficking in Morphine, Opium, Hydromorphone, or Heroin

To prove the crime of Trafficking in Morphine, Opium, Hydromorphone, or Heroin, the State is required to prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The Defendant knowingly possessed, sold, purchased, manufactured, delivered, or brought into Florida, a certain substance;
  2. The substance was morphine, opium, hydromorphone, heroin, or a mixture containing morphine, opium, hydromorphone, or heroin; and
  3. The morphine, opium, hydromorphone, or heroin weighed more than 4 grams.
Minimum Mandatory Sentences for Trafficking in Morphine, Opium, Hydromorphone, or Heroin

Morphine, Opium, Hydromorphone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof, including heroin, in the amount of:

  • 4 grams but less than 14 grams – Three Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $50,000.00 fine.
  • 14 grams but less than 28 grams – Fifteen Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $100,000.00 fine.
  • 28 grams but less than 30 kilograms – Twenty Five Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison and a $500,000.00 fine.
Minimum Mandatory Sentences for Trafficking Hydrocodone, Codeine, or Salt Thereof
  • 14 grams but less than 28 grams – Three Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $50,000.00 fine.
  • 28 grams but less than 50 grams – Seven Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $100,000.00 fine.
  • 50 grams but less than 200 grams – Fifteen Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison and a $500,000.00 fine.
  • 200 grams but less than 30 kilograms – Twenty-Five Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison and a $750,000.00 fine.
Minimum Mandatory Sentences for Trafficking Oxycodone
  • 7 grams but less than 14 grams – Three Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $50,000.00 fine.
  • 14 grams but less than 25 grams – Seven Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison, and a $100,000.00 fine.
  • 25 grams but less than 100 grams – Fifteen Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison and a $500,000.00 fine.
  • 100 grams but less than 30 kilograms – Twenty-Five Years Prison up to Thirty Years Prison and a $750,000.00 fine.
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