Drug trafficking is a felony offense that is defined as the delivery or manufacturing of controlled substances. Punishment of being charged with this crime will depend on the type of controlled substance being trafficked. This is because various controlled substances are divided into different penalty classes. There are many elements of drug trafficking, some of which include:
- The knowledge that the substance was present
- The exercise of control over the controlled substance
- That the drug was possessed for the purpose of a sale
- The knowledge that the substance was a narcotic drug, dangerous drug, prescription-only, or other illegal drugs
Illicit, scheduled drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines are typically the most common, but drugs like Xanax, Adderall, Vicodin, and oxycodone can also be classified as drug trafficking.
Drug possession refers to being caught while having illegal drugs with you. Although the evidence for processing these charges is relatively straightforward, it is up to the state to prove that the guilty person had the drug with the intent to sell it. To prove the elements of a drug trafficking offense, police officers are required to confirm the following beyond reasonable doubt:
- The individual intentionally trafficked in a drug of dependence.
- The individual intentionally trafficked, attempted to traffic a substance, or carried on a business of trafficking illegal drugs.
Evidence of Drug Trafficking
- Large quantities of a particular drug
- Witness testimony of drug sales
- Volume of individuals coming in and out of a house
What Should I Do If I Have Been Charged With Drug Trafficking?
If you or someone you know has been charged with drug-related crimes, you should immediately contact a drug defense attorney. They will be a valuable resource to your case and ensure you understand all process elements. Our team at The Meranda Law Firm LTD is composed of award-winning attorneys dedicated to your success. We want to help you fight for your rights.
Call us today at (614) 707-4239 or visit our website to schedule your free consolation and get started on your case review.