Drug Trafficking Charges In California

Drug trafficking refers to dealing drugs in notoriously high amounts. California legal statutes have no distinction between drug dealing and trafficking. The judges, prosecutors and the police always signal that any crime whether dealing drugs or trafficking will result in harsh consequences. Drug trafficking is much more than simple exchanging of drugs for money. Besides dealing drugs in large quantities, it also involves additional criminal accusations such as selling drugs across borders, manufacturing drugs and also money laundering.

The law enforcement is always on the lookout for a drug operation that involves transportation of drugs into Californian borders from other states or countries with involvement large quantities of drugs and organized dealer networks. Here, the law enforcement agencies will work hand in hand to make drug seizures and arrests. HIDTA (Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), refers to 4 counties which include Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino which have been designated so by the state, local and federal authorities.

Drug agents focus on gangs that move drugs through the state on corridors, pipelines or highways. Additionally, they focus on meth labs and drugs that are carried through the state through drug mules, who are unwilling in some cases.

Importation And Transportation

In the event that significant quantities of drugs are involved, importing drugs from other countries or crossing the state borders is considered to be a serious drug crime. The federal charges for the crime carry minimum sentences of at least ten years while larger quantities may require a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Transporting drugs from one place to the other in the state of California is considered to be a crime. Regardless of whether you’re transporting drugs from one house to the other, the crime has a possible sentence of 5 years in prison. Anyone accused of carrying drugs across more than 2 counties in the state, faces a maximum prison sentence of 9 years.

Selling Drugs In Large Quantities

Selling any amount of narcotics such as hydrocodone or oxycodone, or hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin is punishable in the Californian law to a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison. Selling drugs like ketamine or GBH or methamphetamine is punishable by a maximum sentence of 4 years. There is a harsher sentence involved with trafficking of large quantities of powdered cocaine, crack or heroin. The Healthy and Safety code, the maximum sentence can be increased with 3 years for the distribution of more than a kilo of these drugs.

As the weight of the drugs being trafficked increases, the maximum sentence increases too. Eventually, the maximum sentence can reach 25 years for distribution of more than 80 kilograms of any of the hard drugs. The sentence can also increase if the sale of large amounts of meth and PCP. The increments start at an additional 3 years for selling a kilo and will also increase up to 15 years for selling more than 20 kilos.

Drug Conspiracy

A drug conspiracy refers to an agreement (whether spoken or written) to participate with other individuals in the distribution, sale or transportation of illicit drugs. Additionally, any action taken by the conspirator to further the crime, qualifies as conspiracy. Federal laws have a different opinion such that the agreement to commit these actions is enough, regardless of whether or not any other action was taken to act on the conspiracy. The enhanced penalties for drugs in large quantities apply to drug conspiracy. A conspiracy conviction can be obtained if there is proof of any involvement but the penalties are applicable to conspirators with substantial involvement in the direction, planning, financing and execution of the drug crime.