The Fed's "ammo" in the War Against Drugs
Federal drug trafficking charges are usually related to trafficking of substantial amounts of controlled substances. The term “drug trafficking crime” means any felony punishable under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.).
Drug trafficking may also include the cultivation and manufacture of controlled substances depending, of course, on the amounts of illicit drugs involved. Drugs that are typically involved in Federal drug trafficking cases are cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, Ecstasy (or MDMA or MDMA analogs), steroids, human growth hormone (HGH), LSD and GHB.
"The Sentencing Guidelines aren't your friend"
Be aware that the quantity-driven Federal sentences for trafficking can include lengthy imprisonment with a possibility of a life term in Federal prison, (usually for repeat offenders). To make matters worse, a defendant can be charged for the actual amount of the controlled substance possessed, as well as the amount a person intended on purchasing in, for example, a "controlled buy operation" run by Government undercover agents. It's entirely possible, therefore, for a defendant to be arrested and Indicted for the trafficking amounts of drugs he never even possessed, but planned to buy.
This is just another example of why defendants can't afford to hire an attorney who's not experienced defending Federal drug trafficking crimes, who's not versed in calculating the advisory, Federal sentencing Guidelines and who doesn't thoroughly understand "safety valve" relief and when it applies.
Holding the Feds to their burden
It's critically important to hire an experienced Federal criminal defense attorney to develop an effective defense strategy and to fight the Government on key issues such as knowledge and intent and to file motions to suppress evidence when practicable. Think about it― a successful motion to suppress evidence because law enforcement "cut corners" on getting a warrant may result in the exclusion of the drug evidence; no matter the amount.
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If you or a loved one is arrested and charged with a Federal drug trafficking crime, please call our 24-hour telephone number 305-461-1066 to set up an appointment and free consultation so we can assess your particular case and provide you with the best legal advice on how to proceed.
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