The laws against drug trafficking/distribution penalize the selling, transportation and illegal import of unlawful substances controlled, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and other illicit drugs. The penalties for drug trafficking can vary widely depending on several factors, among them, the amount of drugs involved, the type of drug, geographic area of distribution and if the children were a target. The penalties for drug distribution and trafficking generally range between 3 to 5 years and life imprisonment.
The drug trafficking/distribution is a felony, and is a more serious crime that drug possession. If you are found in possession of drugs, you could be accused of drug trafficking if the police believe you have the intent to sell them. If it is found with a large amount of drugs or cash at the time of his arrest, is likely facing charges for drug distribution.
The distribution or drug trafficking also applies to the illegal distribution of prescription medications, such as painkillers or sleeping pills. The illegal distribution of prescription drugs often involves products of hydrocodone and opiate pharmaceuticals.
Drug trafficking and controlled substances
When a state or federal government classifies a substance as “controlled,” it generally means that the use and distribution of the substance is regulated by law. Controlled substances are classified into different levels or “records” pursuant to federal and state laws. For example, marijuana is listed as a “controlled substance in schedule I”, the cocaine is classified in schedule II, anabolic steroids are listed in schedule III under the Controlled Substances Act.
State and federal offices for drug trafficking
Both federal laws and state come into play in cases of drug trafficking. There are many federal laws against drugs, besides which each state has its own set of laws against drugs. Several state laws were created under federal law and provide minimum penalties for offenders. Lawmakers generally approve of these laws to deter the major drug cartels, but they tend to be the distributors of the lower-level the that are processed. In fact, the controversy over the drug laws revolves around a mere drug trafficker may face a sentence longer than the violent criminals.