Drug Trafficking

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Any kind of drug charge can have serious implications for your future. If you are facing drug trafficking charges in Minnesota, it is crucial that you secure quality legal representation as soon as possible. A Minneapolis drug trafficking attorney from Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. can help you navigate through the legal process and could help you avoid maximum penalties for your drug offense.

Don’t risk a drug trafficking conviction – Contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.!

Understanding Minnesota’s Drug Trafficking Laws

Drug trafficking is a global trade involving the manufacture, cultivation, distribution, and sale of large amounts of drugs or controlled substances across state and international borders. The industry is estimated to earn a staggering $321.6 billion annually. Because these types of drug crimes often involve bringing drugs across state or international borders, they can be federally prosecuted.

In Minnesota, a person can be charged with first degree drug trafficking for:

  • Possessing 25 grams of cocaine, meth, or heroin
  • Possessing 100 kilograms of marijuana
  • Possessing 500 grams of any other narcotic
  • Selling 200 doses of a hallucinogen
  • Selling 50 grams of heroin, cocaine, or meth
  • Selling 50 kilograms of marijuana or more
  • Manufacturing methamphetamine (any amount)

The difference between a drug trafficking and drug possession charge usually relies on intent to sell and the amount of drugs that were uncovered. A person may face drug trafficking charges if they are found to be in possession of a large amount of cash or drugs at the time of their arrest.

Federal Schedules of Controlled Substances

The federal government classifies drugs into five schedules, according to their risk for abuse and dependency. Drugs that have the highest potential for misuse are categorized in Schedule I. Those who are charged with the distribution, manufacture, or possession of Schedule I drugs will face the harshest penalties. Examples of Schedule I drugs include marijuana, heroin, ecstasy, and LSD.

Drugs that carry the least risk of abuse or have widely accepted medical applications are classified in Schedule V. Although many of these substances are available as prescription drugs, they can cause dependency if misused. The distribution of these substances can still result in a drug trafficking charge. Examples of Schedule V drugs include sleep aids, medications containing codeine, and more.

Drug trafficking is a felony offense that is often prosecuted at the federal level. A conviction can result in a prison sentence of five years to life, depending on the following:

  • The amount of drugs that were discovered
  • Any prior convictions for drug-related crimes
  • The type of drug or substance that was discovered
  • Aggravating factors (i.e. bodily injury or death)

Contact Our Team for a Free, Confidential Consultation

We realize that facing a drug trafficking charge can be overwhelming. With so much at stake, you need a criminal defense lawyer you can trust to protect you. When you retain Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., we will fight to help you avoid a conviction or lessen your charges and penalties. The Minneapolis drug trafficking attorneys at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. have achieved excellent results for our clients since 1983.

Contact our firm today for your free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you. For your convenience, our team is available 24/7 to take your call: (612) 444-5020.

What Should I Do If I’VE BEEN ARRESTED?

  • 1. Don’t Talk to the Police!

    It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.

    It’s important to note that:

    • Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
    • By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
    • Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
  • 2. Ask for a Lawyer!
    As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!

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