Simply speaking, the criminal act of drug trafficking is most commonly considered to be a federal crime as it crosses state borders most of the time. This is not to say that it is not considered by the state law. In fact, according to §893.135 of the Florida Statutes, it made a criminal act to traffic drugs or to be in a conspiracy to commit such a drug crime. For example, in the state of Florida, should you be found to be trafficking over 25 pounds of marijuana, you will be guilty of a first-degree felony; if it is between 25 and 2,000 points, you will face criminal penalties that include three years of imprisonment and a monetary fine of up to $25,000. The penalties laid out by Florida law differentiate depending on the drug itself that is being trafficked and the amount.
The federal law also takes an active role in laying down criminal law in regards to drug trafficking. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is heavily involved in investigating and prosecuting those that they believe have been criminally charged with trafficking drugs across state lines and perhaps even internationally. Similar to state law, federal law will widely depend on the extenuating factors of the arrest; for example, the type and amount of the drug. Some examples of penalties associated with federal drug trafficking include the following:
The penalties will often lie in line with the different Schedules of the drug; for example, trafficking a Schedule I drug will have similar penalties to other Schedule I drugs, but will be more severe than a Schedule V drug. To best understand the different Schedules, please review the below:
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