Drug trafficking is a drug crime with the purpose of allowing the government to stop drug transactions and the money they may create. Drug trafficking is a different term used for drug dealing. Although laws for drug trafficking are different in each state, all states have laws that penalize drug trafficking activity.

While each state has their laws on drug trafficking, the federal government also prosecutes drug trafficking offenses. Federal drug trafficking charges can arise whenever any trafficking activity crosses state lines or involves activity in more than one state.

Both the federal government and many states criminalize drug trafficking and broadly define it as the trade or dealing in illegal substances, which covers activities including:

The illegal substances that drug trafficking laws cover range from narcotics like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, to controlled industrial chemicals like mercury or benzene.

What Are the Consequences for Drug Trafficking?

Drug trafficking charges are very serious crimes and any individual charged and convicted of drug trafficking crimes can find himself or herself facing years in prison. Though the severity of the penalties linked with a drug trafficking convictions vary from state to state, all states impose significant penalties for drug trafficking If you are found guilty of drug trafficking, the federal government and each state have different punishments, which could include:

  • Fines - ranging from $300,000 to $10,000,000
  • Prison time - ranging from 10 years for first offenses to life without parole for a second offense
  • A combination of fines and prison time
  • Eviction from a rental property

Do I Need an Attorney?

If you are charged with drug trafficking, it is highly recommended that you find a criminal defense attorney to advise you of your rights, help defend you, and try to mitigate the consequences you could face.