Drug Trafficking Laws in Georgia
Under the law, drug trafficking includes transporting, distributing, making or selling drugs. Trafficking is such a serious offense that the federal government has outlined minimum penalties. Many states, including Georgia, use these as a guideline for sentencing.
Mandatory Minimum Trafficking Penalties
Trafficking charges are triggered by the amount of the substance in question, not necessarily its schedule. For example:
Morphine, opium and heroin:
- More than four grams but less than 14: five years
- 14-28 grams: at least 10 years
- More than 28 grams: 25 years
Methamphetamine and amphetamine:
- 28-200 grams: 10 years
- 200-400 grams: 15 years
- Over 400 grams: 25 years
- 10 pounds to 2,000 pounds: five years
- 2,000 to 10,000 pounds: seven years
- 10,000 pounds or more: 15 years
- 28 grams to 200 grams: 10 years
- 200 grams to 400 grams: 15 years
- Over 400 grams: 25 years
Penalties for drug trafficking can be enhanced under the following circumstances:
- Selling or distributing near a school
- The type of drugs (Schedule I or II may result in higher penalties)
- Transporting controlled substances across state lines
- Carrying a controlled substance in any amount on an airplane
Serious Charges Need a Serious Defense
Drug trafficking is the most serious drug-related charge you can face in the state of Georgia. And because it is a felony, this penalties for this offense will follow you for years after you have completed your prison sentence and paid the fines associated with your conviction.
Do not attempt to handle a drug trafficking case on your own.
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