The state of Georgia prohibits the possession, manufacture, distribution, and trafficking of all controlled substances. In addition to harder drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin, marijuana possession and trafficking is also prohibited. If you are caught trafficking drugs in Atlanta, you will face criminal penalties. These penalties can severely impact your future, and result in mandatory prison time, a fine, or/and both. Our Atlanta drug lawyers will advocate for you if you are facing criminal drug trafficking charges.
Drug Trafficking: Definition and Penalties In Atlanta
Drug trafficking refers to the sale, transportation, and illegal import of any controlled substances, i.e. schedule I, II, III, IV, and V drugs, as well as marijuana. Under Georgia Code Section 16-13-31 – Trafficking in Cocaine, Illegal Drugs, Marijuana or Methamphetamine – it is illegal to sell, manufacture, deliver, or bring into the state any controlled substance. The penalties for doing so are described below:
- Felony offense for trafficking in cocaine. Trafficking in cocaine is a felony offense, and the penalties depend primarily upon the amount of cocaine.
- 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams: mandatory minimum of 10 years prison time, and a fine of $200,000.
- 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams: imprisonment of 15 years and a fine of $300,000.
- 400 grams or more: imprisonment of 25 years and a fine of $1,000,000.
- Felony offense of trafficking for certain schedule I and II drugs, including heroin, isomer salts, or morphine.
- Four grams or more, but less than 14 grams: mandatory minimum of five years’ time in prison and a fine of $50,000.
- 14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams: 10 years incarceration and a fine of $100,000.
- More than 28 grams: 25 years incarceration and a fine of $500,000.
- Trafficking in marijuana. While many people think that marijuana is a harmless drug –especially in light of its legalization or decriminalization in many part of the country – the state of Georgia comes down hard on those who traffic in the drug.
- More than 10 pounds, but less than 2,000 pounds: mandatory minimum of five years incarceration and a fine of $100,000.
- More than 2,000 pounds, but less than 10,000 pounds: seven years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
- More than 10,000 pounds: imprisonment of 15 years and a fine of $1,000,000.
If you have questions about the trafficking of a drug not listed above, contact an experienced Atlanta drug lawyer.
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