Drug Trafficking

Arrested for Drug Trafficking
Drug Trafficking is also known as “trafficking in controlled substances”  in Nevada.  If you have been charged with drug trafficking you have been charged with:  knowingly selling, manufacturing, delivering or bringing into Nevada or knowingly in actual or constructive possession of large quantities of schedule I drugs or schedule II drugs.

As you can see, trafficking is a very broad crime that applies to cases where a large amount of drugs is involved and the suspect allegedly engaged in any of the following behaviors:

  • possession of controlled substances
  • manufacture of controlled substances
  • transportation of controlled substances
  • sale of controlled substances

HOW MUCH TIME CAN I GET FOR A DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENSE?

The punishment for a Nevada conviction of trafficking controlled substances depends on

    • the “schedule” the narcotics are classified under
    • the quantity of the drugs in the case

Prison may be avoidable if the suspect cooperates with the cops in their investigation.

SCHEULE I DRUGS

Typical drugs under this category include:

  • GHB
  • Hydrocodone
  • PCP
  • Ecstasy
  • Heroin

If the drugs weigh at least four (4) grams but less than fourteen (14) grams, then a Nevada drug trafficking case is prosecuted as a category B felony in Nevada, carrying:

However if the drugs amount to at least fourteen (14) grams but less than twenty-eight (28) grams, then drug trafficking in Nevada is still a category B felony in Nevada but with an increased sentence of:

Finally if the drugs weigh in at twenty-eight (28) grams or more, then the offense of drug trafficking is considered a category A felony in Nevada carrying penalties of:

  • twenty-five years to life in Nevada State Prison with the possibility of parole after ten years, and
  • a fine of up to $500,000

The above sentencing schemes do not apply to the schedule I controlled substance of marijuana.

SCHEDULE II DRUGS

The main schedule II drugs are cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, OxyContin and Ritalin.

If the narcotics in your case amount to at least twenty-eight (28) grams but less than two hundred (200) grams, then drug trafficking is considered a category C felony in Nevada carrying:

But if the drugs weigh at least two hundred (200) grams but less than four hundred (400) grams, then drug trafficking is a category B felony in Nevada with a sentence of:

And if the drugs weigh four hundred (400) grams or more, then drug trafficking is prosecuted as a category A felony in Nevada, carrying a punishment of:

  • fifteen years to life in Nevada State Prison with the possibility of parole after five years, and
  • a fine of up to $250,000

EXPERIENCED DRUG TRAFFICKING DEFENSE ATTORNEY

If you have been arrested for or charged with drug trafficking, seek the counsel of a Reno criminal defense attorney with experience fighting Nevada drug related cases. We have successfully defended thousands of drug cases.

There are ways to keep you out of jail for drug trafficking, including substantially assisting the police investigate any crime.   Additionally there are numerous defenses, including the drugs were not at sufficient weight or unlawful search. Lee knows all the defenses and can help you get the charges dismissed and can help you get the charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense which might include Possession of a Controlled Substance.

If you have been arrested for drug trafficking or a drug related crime, you deserve an experienced criminal defense attorney who will personally handle your case.  Call Reno Nevada Law attorney Lee Hotchkin (775) 786-5791 – it’s what we do!