Being Charged In California For Drug Trafficking


Drug trafficking charges mean that the person was found with a significant amount of drugs. Criminal laws in California do not distinguish between dealing and trafficking but those in the law enforcement sector such as judges, prosecutors, and police do typically treat those cases deemed as trafficking more harshly than they do others. Very often, these charges indicate that there was more found than simply exchanging money and drugs.

This type of charge gives a clear indication that the crime was more than just a sale of a large amount of drugs and these factors include money laundering, smuggling illicit drugs across borders and even the manufacturing of those drugs. When operations include bringing those drugs into the state of California from other countries or states, it requires the use of an organized network. Very often the law enforcement agencies will work together and when they successfully seize drugs and make large arrests, it often results in news headlines.

The areas considered most densely concentrated with drug trafficking are the San Bernardino, Orange County, Riverside, and Los Angeles areas. The police often focus their attention on gangs known to distribute and traffic drugs as well as on highways where those drugs are transported. They also focus their attention on drug mules and also meth labs.

Transporting Drugs Across Borders

Anytime someone takes drugs across the border from Mexico or even across state lines it’s considered to be among the more serious of the drug crimes. If the amount that’s being transported is significant then it’s even more serious. Typically these types of charges carry mandatory sentences of 10 years. Larger amounts can mean a sentence of life in prison.

California law mandates that anyone who transports drugs from one place to another can be charged with a felony. Even to take them from one house to another is a crime and the individual could be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison. If someone is found to have transported those across more than one County then they can be given up to 9 years in prison for that crime.

Sales Of Large Quantities

Anyone found selling any amount of heroin, cocaine, hydrocodone or any others that are considered to be hard drugs, can be punished for up to five years. Methamphetamine and GBH, as well as ketamine sales, can be punished by 4 years in prison. Anytime that someone is charged with trafficking in California because they were selling a significant quantity of crack or powdered cocaine as well as heroin will be given a more significant prison sentence. If the amount exceeds a kilogram, then the maximum sentence can be increased by 3 years. Any amount over that can result in further increases of up to 25 years.

The state also increases how long the maximum sentence is whenever there are significant amounts of PCP or Methamphetamine being sold. These increases start at 3 years for an amount over 1 kg and they increase up to 15 years when the sale is above 20 kg.

Drug Conspiracy

Within the state of California, whenever someone verbally or otherwise agrees to participate with someone else to distribute or sell, or even to transport any type of illegal drug, they can be charged with conspiracy. Even if nothing else is done by the conspirator it is sometimes enough for them to be convicted of the crime. California law allows for conviction of minor involvement but when it moves beyond that and the person is more substantially involved in the execution or the direction or planning, then their conviction can be substantially stiffer.These laws are all meant to help reduce the amount of drug crimes in the State.

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