Drug trafficking is a serious offense no matter where you are in the United States. It is particularly serious in Arkansas, where an accusation could end up leading to a felony charge.
For trafficking drugs, you could face a variety of penalties. The penalties depend on the kinds of drugs in your possession as well as how much is in your possession.
Penalties for drug trafficking
Drug trafficking charges vary by drug.
- Methamphetamine, LSD, cocaine, mescaline, peyote and similar drugs may result in drug trafficking charges when 200 grams or more are present
- Marijuana and related controlled substances may result in drug trafficking charges when 500 pounds or more is present
- Anabolic steroids, some stimulants and depressants, codeine and related controlled substances may result in trafficking charges when you’re in possession of 400 grams or more
- Prescription drug violations involving depressants, stimulants and other related drugs may result in trafficking charges when 800 grams or more are present
Be aware that trafficking charges are unique in Arkansas because they are charged when a certain amount of the drug is present. Even if a person didn’t intend to sell or transfer those drugs within or outside of the state, there is a risk that they could face trafficking charges for being in possession of such a large amount of the drugs.
Trafficking charges are felonies, and they may lead to anywhere between 10 and 40 years in prison.
You deserve a strong defense regardless of the reason you had drugs in your possession
Whether you were trafficking drugs or you had drugs in your own possession for your own use, you could end up facing drug trafficking charges. It is important that you defend yourself against those charges since they could result in heavy fines, time in prison and other penalties.
It is common to see manufacturing and trafficking charges together. Possession charges may also be combined with these. As a result, the penalties you face may seem to continue growing despite the situation not changing at all. It’s necessary to prepare yourself with a strong defense, so you can protect your rights.