Federal drug trafficking is the dealing or trading in illegal substances, including producing, manufacturing, distributing, and smuggling. Anyone who participates in marijuana trafficking across state lines will be charged with federal drug trafficking. North Carolina has different laws regarding marijuana trafficking.
An individual is guilty of marijuana trafficking when they knowingly possess, sell, manufacture, or deliver 10 pounds or more marijuana to another individual.
Does This Charge Include Possessing Marijuana for Personal Use?
No. Typically the charge is related to possessing large quantities of marijuana with the intent to sell.
Will I Go To Prison for Trafficking Marijuana in North Carolina?
Yes. The exact time behind bars depends on a number of factors, including the amount of marijuana the defendant possesses at the time of the arrest. For instance, 11 to 50 pounds of marijuana carries a prison sentence of 25 to 39 months in prison. The punishment increases to:
- A maximum of 51 months in prison for possessing 51 to 2,000 pounds of marijuana with the intent to traffic.
- A maximum of 93 months in prison for possessing 2,000 to 10,000 pounds of marijuana with the intent to traffic.
- A maximum of 222 months in prison for possessing more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana with the intent to traffic.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Marijuana Trafficking Charge?
It’s in your best interest to speak to a criminal lawyer regarding fighting the charge instead of pleading guilty.