Trafficking of Drugs – Whether you are charged with drug trafficking or other drug crimes in Las Vegas, it all depends on the total weight of the drugs found in your possession or control. All trafficking charges are major felonies and you are facing serious punishments.
An individual can be charged with trafficking drugs if he or she knowingly or intentionally sells, manufactures, delivers, or brings into Nevada any schedule I or schedule II drug (except for marijuana, though this exception does not apply to concentrate cannabis). Individuals charged with trafficking schedule I or schedule II drugs can face anywhere from 6 years up to life in prison along with fines up to $500,000.
Interestingly, there is no provision under Nevada law for trafficking schedule III, schedule IV, or schedule V drugs. However, this does not mean that someone who sells, manufactures, delivers or brings schedule III, schedule IV, or schedule V drugs into Nevada will not face severe criminal charges. This just means that someone who sells a schedule III, IV, or V level drug will instead be charged with another offense such as possession, manufacture, or transportation of a controlled substance.
Drug trafficking is also a federal crime. Under federal law, it is illegal to manufacture, import, distribute or traffic-controlled substances with the intent to sell the controlled substances either across state borders, throughout the state or from a foreign country into Nevada.
Just like under the state law, federal drug trafficking penalties vary depending on which drug schedule a particular drug falls under, whether the offender has a prior record of drug offenses, and the amount of the drug being trafficked. Drug trafficking under federal law also carries very severe penalties. Just like under state law, the most serious drug trafficking offenses can leave offenders facing up to life in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
For a list of controlled substances and their common street names, download a copy of the DEA’s list of Controlled Substances.
Being arrested for drug trafficking under state or federal law is one of the most serious crimes in Nevada. If you or someone you know has been charged with drug trafficking, do not wait to call us. The attorneys at The Wright Law Group have more than 25 years of experience helping individuals with complex drug cases. Call us now at (702) 405-0001 to arrange a consultation.