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When can the police arrest you for felony drug trafficking?

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Drug Charges, Felonies

Drug trafficking is a severe offense in Florida, carrying hefty penalties that can have lifelong consequences. Understanding the circumstances under which the Florida police can arrest you for felony drug trafficking is crucial for anyone who might find themselves involved in such situations. 

Defining drug trafficking

Felony drug trafficking involves large quantities of controlled substances. These substances include drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and certain prescription medications. The quantity of drugs in possession will determine if the charge will be trafficking.

Possession of large quantities

Police can arrest an individual for felony drug trafficking if they find them in possession of 10 grams of illegal drugs. The exact amount varies depending on the type of drug. For instance, possessing 28 grams or more of cocaine or 4 grams or more of heroin can lead to a trafficking charge. The police must have probable cause to believe the person intended to sell or distribute the drugs.

While transporting drugs

Additionally, law enforcement may arrest someone if they catch them in the act of selling or transporting large quantities of drugs, especially with large amounts of cash. Undercover operations and surveillance are common methods used by the police to gather evidence against suspected drug traffickers. 

Legal ramifications and enforcement strategies

These laws are designed not only to punish those involved but also to deter others from engaging in similar activities. The collaboration between undercover operations, surveillance, and legal stipulations ensures that individuals involved in drug trafficking face substantial legal consequences. It is crucial for individuals to be aware of the severity of these laws and the serious ramifications of engaging in drug trafficking activities.

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