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Drug Trafficking

Alleged trafficking of a controlled substance is one of the most serious criminal charges a person can face. Whether an alleged offender is facing state or federal trafficking charges, convictions often carry severe sentences that can include lengthy—and possibly mandatory minimum—terms of imprisonment.

While many people mistakenly believe that drug trafficking is a criminal offense that involves controlled substances being dealt or moved, the truth is that these charges are typically based on the amount of drugs that are seized. With certain types of controlled substances, the possession limits can be incredibly small and a person may be charged with trafficking merely for having a drug that was only intended for personal use.

Drug Trafficking Lawyer in Broward County, FL

If you think that you may be under investigation or you were already arrested in South Florida for alleged trafficking of a controlled substance, it is in your best interest to make sure that you have legal representation before saying anything to authorities. The Hoffman Firm will protect your rights and fight to possibly get the criminal charges reduced or dismissed.

Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale representing clients accused of drug crimes in Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, and surrounding areas of Broward County. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (954) 524-4474 to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.


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Florida Penalties for Drug Trafficking

Sections under Florida Statute § 893.135 define trafficking as knowingly being in actual or constructive possession of or knowingly selling, purchasing, manufacturing, delivering, or bringing a controlled substance into Florida. The possible penalties for trafficking offenses vary depending on the type and amount of the drug involved:

Controlled SubstanceAmountFinePrison Sentence
Amphetamine, methamphetamine, any mixture containing amphetamine or methamphetamine, or phenylacetone, phenylacetic acid, pseudoephedrine, or ephedrine in conjunction with other chemicals and equipment utilized in the manufacture of amphetamine or methamphetamine14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
200 grams or more$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
CannabisMore than 25 pounds, but less than 2,000 pounds —or— 300 or more cannabis plants, but not more than 2,000 cannabis plants$25,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
2,000 pounds or more, but less than 10,000 pounds —or— 2,000 or more cannabis plants, but not more than 10,000 cannabis plants$50,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
10,000 pounds or more —or— 10,000 or more cannabis plants$200,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
Cocaine28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
400 grams or more, but less than 150 kilograms$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
150 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
Flunitrazepam or any mixture containing flunitrazepam4 grams or more but less than 14 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
14 grams or more but less than 28 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
28 grams or more but less than 30 kilograms$500,000Minimum of 25 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
30 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)1 kilogram or more but less than 5 kilograms$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
5 kilograms or more but less than 10 kilograms$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
10 kilograms or more$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
Hydrocodone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
28 grams or more, but less than 50 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
50 grams or more, but less than 200 grams$500,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
200 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms$750,000Minimum of 25 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
30 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)1 gram or more, but less than 5 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
5 grams or more, but less than 7 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
7 grams or more$500,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
Methaqualone (Quaalude) or any mixture containing methaqualone200 grams or more, but less than 5 kilograms$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
5 kilograms or more, but less than 25 kilograms$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
25 kilograms or more$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
Morphine, opium, hydromorphone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof, including heroin4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams$100,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
28 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms$500,000Minimum of 25 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
30 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
Oxycodone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof7 grams or more, but less than 14 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
14 grams or more, but less than 25 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
25 grams or more, but less than 100 grams$500,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
100 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms$750,000Minimum of 25 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
30 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
Phencyclidine (PCP) or any mixture containing PCP28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
400 grams or more$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison

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Federal Penalties for Drug Trafficking

Alleged offenders can face federal charges when any alleged trafficking activity—such as distribution, importation, exportation, or other transportation—crosses state lines. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) typically focuses on cases involving large amounts of controlled substances, and federal prosecutors frequently file conspiracy charges in conjunction with trafficking charges.

Like state charges for trafficking, federal penalties depend on the type and quantity of the illegal drug involved in the alleged offense:

Controlled SubstanceAmountFinePrison Sentence
Cocaine500-4,999 gramsFirst Offense: Mandatory minimum five year sentence, maximum of 40 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory minimum 20 year sentence, maximum of life in prison.
Second Offense: Mandatory minimum 10 year sentence, maximum of life in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, life sentence.
First Offense: Maximum of $5 million for individuals, $25 million for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $8 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals.
Cocaine base28-279 grams
Fentanyl40-399 grams
Fentanyl analogue10-99 grams
Heroin100-999 grams
LSD1-9 grams
Pure methamphetamine5-49 grams
Methamphetamine mixture50-499 grams
Pure PCP10-99 grams
PCP mixture100-999 grams
Cocaine5 kilograms or moreFirst Offense: Mandatory minimum 10 year sentence, maximum of life in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory minimum 20 year sentence, maximum of life in prison.
Second Offense: Mandatory minimum 20 year sentence, maximum of life in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, life sentence.
Third or Subsequent Offense: Life in prison.
First Offense: Maximum of $10 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $20 million for individuals, $75 million for non-individuals.
Third or Subsequent Offense: Maximum of $20 million for individuals, $75 million for non-individuals.
Cocaine base280 grams or more
Fentanyl400 grams or more
Fentanyl analogue100 grams or more
Heroin1 kilogram or more
LSD10 grams or more
Pure methamphetamine50 grams or more
Methamphetamine mixture500 grams or more
Pure PCP100 grams or more
PCP mixture1 kilogram or more
Other Schedule I and Schedule II SubstancesAny amountFirst Offense:, maximum of 20 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory minimum 20 year sentence, maximum of life in prison.
Second Offense:, maximum of 30 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment.
First Offense: Maximum of $1 million for individuals, $5 million for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $2 million for individuals, $10 million for non-individuals.
Any drug product containing gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)Any amount
Flunitrazepam1 gram or more
MarijuanaLess than 50 kilograms marijuana (Not including 50 or more marijuana plants, regardless of weight), or 1 to 49 marijuana plantsFirst Offense:, maximum of five years in prison.
Second Offense:, maximum of 10 years in prison.
First Offense: Maximum of $250,000 for individuals, $1 million for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $500,000 for individuals, $2 million for non-individuals.
Hashish10 kilograms or less
Hashish Oil1 kilogram or less
Marijuana50 to 99 kilograms marijuana mixture, or 50 to 99 marijuana plantsFirst Offense:, maximum of 20 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory minimum 20 year sentence, maximum of life in prison.
Second Offense:, maximum of 30 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment.
First Offense: Maximum of $1 million for individuals, $5 million for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $2 million for individuals, $10 million for non-individuals.
HashishMore than 10 kilograms
Hashish OilMore than 1 kilogram
Marijuana100 to 999 kilograms marijuana mixture, or 100 to 999 marijuana plantsFirst Offense: Mandatory minimum five year sentence, maximum of 40 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory minimum 20 year sentence, maximum of life in prison.
Second Offense: Mandatory minimum 10 year sentence, maximum of life in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, life sentence.
First Offense: Maximum of $5 million for individuals, $25 million for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $8 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals.
Marijuana1,000 kilograms or more marijuana mixture, or 1,000 or more marijuana plantsFirst Offense: Mandatory minimum 10 year sentence, maximum of life in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory minimum 20 year sentence, maximum of life in prison.
Second Offense: Mandatory minimum 20 year sentence, maximum of life in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, life sentence.
First Offense: Maximum of $10 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $20 million for individuals, $75 million for non-individuals.
Other Schedule III DrugsAny amountFirst Offense:, maximum of 10 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury,, maximum of 15 years in prison.
Second Offense:, maximum of 20 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury,, maximum of 30 years in prison.
First Offense: Maximum of $500,000 for individuals, $2.5 million for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $1 million for individuals, $5 million for non-individuals.
All other Schedule IV Drugs (other than one gram or more of Flunitrazepam)Any amountFirst Offense:, maximum of five years in prison.
Second Offense:, maximum of 10 years in prison.
First Offense: Maximum of $250,000 for individuals, $1 million for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $500,000 for individuals, $2 million for non-individuals.
All Schedule V DrugsAny amountFirst Offense:, maximum of one year in prison.
Second Offense:, maximum of four years in prison.
First Offense: Maximum of $100,000 for individuals, $250,000 for non-individuals.
Second Offense: Maximum of $200,000 for individuals, $500,000 for non-individuals.

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Florida Resources for Drug Trafficking Arrests

Metro Broward Drug Task Force (MBDTF) | Broward Sheriff's Office — The MBDTF is a multi-jurisdictional initiative composed of 13 local, county, state and federal agencies. Its primary focus is the “disruption and dismantling of middle to upper level Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) and Money Laundering Organizations (MLO) with ties to narcotics trafficking.” Investigative techniques utilized by the MBDTF include visual and electronic surveillance, controlled narcotics buys, controlled deliveries, and search warrants.

Broward Sheriff's Office
2601 W. Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 765-4321

Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) | Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles — The CIU consists of specially-trained troopers strategically assigned throughout the state to patrol the interstate system and other highways in order to interdict drug couriers and other criminal activity. The CIU assists federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the detection and apprehension of drug traffickers. The CIU is equipped with sophisticated drug detection equipment such as drug detection devices, dual-purpose canines, electronic measuring devices, fiber optic scopes, and many other tools.


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The Hoffman Firm | Lawyer for Drug Trafficking Crimes in Broward County, Florida

Were you arrested or do you believe that you could be under investigation for alleged trafficking of a controlled substance in South Florida? Do not make any kind of statement to authorities until you have contacted The Hoffman Firm.

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is a former prosecutor admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida who defends clients all over Broward County, incuding Margate, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Miramar, and several nearby communities. Call (954) 524-4474 or submit an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation that will let our lawyer review your case and discuss your legal options.


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