Florida law defines drug trafficking as the possession or transportation of a controlled substance with the intention of selling or distributing this substance. Offenses vary depending on the type of substance, the amount, associated activities and prior convictions.

Read on to learn more about the penalties for common Florida drug trafficking offenses.

Marijuana trafficking

Possession or trafficking of marijuana results in a felony offense for amounts greater than 25 pounds. Penalties for this conviction include:

  • 25 to 2,000 pounds: Minimum prison sentence of three years and a $25,000 fine
  • 2,000 to 10,000 pounds: Minimum prison sentence of seven years and a $50,000 fine

Florida law allows individual judges to increase these mandatory minimum sentences for habitual offenders, i.e., those with several prior convictions. This often results in a longer prison term.

Trafficking of opioids

This category includes fentanyl, morphine and other prescription opiates as well as heroin. Methamphetamines, amphetamines, hallucinogens and other dangerous drugs carry similar penalties. Possession of more than 4 grams of these substances can result in a trafficking offense. Legal consequences include:

  • 4 to 14 grams: Minimum prison sentence of three years and a $50,000 fine
  • 14 to 28 grams: Minimum prison sentence of seven years and a $100,000 fine
  • 28 grams to 38 kilograms: Minimum prison sentence of 25 years and a $500,000 fine

Sale and distribution of cocaine

This crime constitutes a first-degree felony starting at 28 grams. Penalties include:

  • 28 to 200 grams: Minimum prison sentence of three years and a $50,000 fine
  • 200 to 400 grams: Minimum prison sentence of seven years and a $100,000 fine
  • 400 grams to 150 kilograms: Minimum prison sentence of 15 years and a $250,000 fine

If you are facing these charges, you have the right to defend yourself in court. For example, your case could involve an illegal search and seizure by law enforcement or evidence of entrapment.