Selling Drugs on Craigslist

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What Is Craigslist?

Craigslist is a website where individuals can post classified advertisements. The website lists items prohibit from being posted.

Does Craigslist Prohibit Drug Postings?

The website does not prohibit the sale of illegal or prescription drugs. Illegal drugs are substances that state and federal law deem as controlled substances, such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Prescription drugs are considered illegal when they are sold by an individual who does not have a license to write a prescription for them.

Are Sales for Drugs Posted on the Website?

Yes. Drug dealers are advertising drugs for sale on the website. Typically, dealers do not post the drug sales in plain English. Instead, they use coded language in the posts to indicate the drugs are for sale. The most popular illegal drugs on sale on Craigslist include ecstasy and cocaine, and the most popular prescription drugs sold on the website are Vicodin and Oxycontin.

What Kind of Legal Trouble Can I Get Into for Selling Drugs on Craigslist?

Drug trafficking is one crime that a person can be charged with for selling drugs on the website. The crime of drug trafficking includes the distribution, sale, production, manufacturing, or cultivation of a drug.  Being caught trafficking drugs may result in facing a first-degree felony charge.

What Are the Penalties Associated with a Drug Trafficking Conviction?

The exact drug trafficking penalties that a person may face vary in accordance with the drug sold. Crimes involving the drugs that are deemed most dangerous will result in higher penalties. For example, a marijuana drug trafficking charge may result in three to 15 years in prison and up to a $200,000 fine. A heroin drug trafficking conviction involves a possible three to 25 years in prison and up to a $500,000 fine. These penalties are subjected to being enhanced if the drugs were sold to a minor. The terms “enhanced” or “enhancement” mean a more severe punishment.

Should I Discuss Selling Drugs on Craigslist with a Lawyer?

Yes, if you are accused of selling drugs on the website, contact a criminal lawyer. The lawyer will discuss the charge with you and any possible defenses available to you.

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Last Modified: 06-06-2016 02:34 PM PDT

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