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Cocaine Trafficking

With the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, the State of Florida has long been and continues to be a common location for traffickers to smuggle cocaine and other controlled substances into the nation. Several federal and state law enforcement agencies are dedicated to investigating, apprehending, and prosecuting people for alleged trafficking in cocaine offenses in Florida.

A cocaine trafficking crime may result in either state or federal criminal charges—either of which can carry extremely stiff penalties. Because of the history of violence associated with its rise in Florida, cocaine is viewed as being one of the most dangerous controlled substances and prosecutors will present alleged offenders to juries as dangers to the community who must be locked up for as long as possible.

Lawyer for Cocaine Trafficking Arrests in Broward County, FL

Were you arrested or do you believe that you might be under investigation for an alleged cocaine trafficking offense anywhere in Broward County? Do not say anything to authorities until you have legal representation. Contact The Hoffman Firm as quickly as you can.

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer Evan A. Hoffman aggressively defends clients accused of all kinds of drug crimes in communities all over South Florida, such as Miramar, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Cooper City, and many others. You can have our attorney review your case and discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 to receive a free initial consultation.


Overview of Cocaine Trafficking Crimes in Fort Lauderdale

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Florida Cocaine Trafficking Penalties

Under Florida Statute § 893.135(b), any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into Florida, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, 28 grams or more of cocaine or of any mixture containing cocaine commits the criminal offense of trafficking in cocaine. Trafficking in cocaine is graded as a first-degree felony, and the possible sentences alleged offenders may receive depend on the amount of cocaine that was involved in the alleged offense.

State cocaine trafficking offenses are generally punishable as follows:

  • 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams — Fine of up to $50,000 and/or minimum of three years up to 30 years in prison;
  • 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams — Fine of up to $100,000 and/or minimum of seven years up to 30 years in prison;
  • 400 grams or more, but less than 150 kilograms — Fine of up to $250,000 and/or minimum of 15 years up to 30 years in prison;
  • 150 kilograms or more — Life in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release.

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Federal Cocaine Trafficking Penalties

Alleged cocaine trafficking offenses that occur on federal property or involve federal law enforcement agencies can result in a person facing federal charges. Federal trafficking charges are based on the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and carry punishment that are even more severe than state charges.

Possible sentences for federal cocaine trafficking crimes depend not only on the amount of cocaine involved, but also whether the alleged offender has been previously convicted of a cocaine trafficking offense. When a person manufactures, distributes, or dispenses, or possesses with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense 500-4,999 grams of cocaine; or creates, distributes, or dispenses, or possesses with intent to distribute or dispense 500-4,999 grams of cocaine, convictions are punishable as follows:

  • First Offense — Mandatory minimum of five years up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million for individuals, $25 million for non-individuals. If the alleged offense involves death or serious bodily injury, a conviction is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison and a fine of up to $5 million for individuals, $25 million for non-individuals.
  • Second Offense — Mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison and a fine of up to $8 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals. If the alleged offense involves death or serious bodily injury, a conviction is punishable by life in prison and a fine of up to $8 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals.

When an alleged offender is accused of manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing; possessing with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense; creating, distributing, or dispensing; or possessing with intent to distribute or dispense 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, convictions are punishable as follows:

  • First Offense — Mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals. If the alleged offense involves death or serious bodily injury, a conviction is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals.
  • Second Offense — Mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison and a fine of up to $20 million for individuals, $75 million for non-individuals. If the alleged offense involves death or serious bodily injury, a conviction is punishable by life in prison and a fine of up to $20 million for individuals, $75 million for non-individuals.
  • Third Offense — Life in prison and a fine of up to $20 million for individuals, $75 million for non-individuals.

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Florida Cocaine Trafficking Resources

Cocaine Anonymous — Cocaine Anonymous identifies itself as “a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem, and help others to recover from their addiction.” Use this website to view dates and times for meetings in Florida as well as a calendar of upcoming events. You can also find information about the different districts in Florida.

Narcotics / Drug Trafficking | South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) — The mission of the South Florida HIDTA Program is to disrupt the market for illegal drugs in the respective counties "by assisting federal, state and local law enforcement entities participating in the HIDTA program to dismantle and disrupt drug trafficking organizations, with particular emphasis on drug trafficking organizations and systems that also have harmful effects on other parts of the United States." On this section of the South Florida HIDTA website, you can learn more about primary illicit drug threats in the region, including cocaine. You can also find information about participating agencies, the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Intelligence Center (SFLHIC), and major seaports in Florida.


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The Hoffman Firm | Fort Lauderdale Cocaine Trafficking Defense Attorney

If you think that you could be under investigation or you were already arrested for allegedly trafficking in cocaine anywhere in South Florida, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Contact The Hoffman Firm right now.

Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale who represents individuals in Margate, Dania Beach, Lauderhill, Hallandale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and many other nearby areas in Broward County. Call (954) 524-4474 or complete an online contact form to have our attorney provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.


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