The possession of cannabis in the amount of 25 pounds or more or 300 or more plants is the first degree felony of Trafficking in Cannabis and is punishable by up to 30 years in Florida State Prison (FSP). In addition, the following mandatory minimum (MM) sentences apply:
25 lbs up to 2,000 lbs OR
300 plants to 2,000 plants: 3 year FSP MM and $25,000 fine;
2,000 to 10,000 lbs OR plants: 7 year FSP MM and $50,000 fine;
10,000 or more lbs OR plants: 15 year FSP mm and $200,000 fine.
Plants are any piece of growth that include root hairs.
The possession of cocaine in the amount of 28 grams or more but less than 150 kilograms (kgs) is the first degree felony of Trafficking in Cocaine and is punishable by up to 30 years in Florida State Prison (FSP). In addition, the following mandatory minimum (MM) sentences apply:
28 grams up to 200 grams: 3 year FSP MM and $50,000 fine;
200 grams up to 400 grams: 7 year FSP MM and $100,000 fine;
400 grams up to 150 kgs: 15 year FSP MM and $250,000 fine.
Trafficking in 150 kgs or more of cocaine is punishable by a mandatory LIFE sentence, or possibly the death penalty if the case involves death.
Morphine, Opium, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Heroin
The possession of morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone or heroin in the amount of 4 grams or more but less than 30 kilograms (kgs) is the first degree felony of Trafficking in Illegal Drugs and is punishable by up to 30 years in Florida State Prison (FSP). In addition, the following mandatory minimum (MM) sentences apply:
4 grams up to 14 grams: 3 year FSP MM and $50,000 fine;
14 grams up to 28 grams: 15 year FSP mm and $100,000 fine;
28 grams up to 30 kgs: 25 year FSP MM and $500,000 fine.
Drug trafficking penalties in the State of Florida, especially with minimum mandatory terms of incarceration and fines are quite severe. There are numerous ways in which highly experienced criminal defense lawyers can help with this serious situation. It is important to hire a lawyer as early as possible in this kind of case.
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