Drug trafficking, which includes the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and the sale of drugs is a federal crime and carries severe penalties. In fact, drug trafficking is regarded as one of the most serious drug offenses around the world.
Just like any other drug offense, the exact penalties in a drug trafficking case will depend on the amount of drug and the classification. Drugs are classified as schedule 1 through 5 and include the following:
Common schedule I drugs are considered to be the most dangerous with a high potential for abuse and include such drugs as: ecstasy, LSD, heroin, GHB, and hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Common schedule II drugs are considered to have a high potential for abuse, although less than schedule I drugs and include such drugs as: opium, cocaine, morphine, OxyContin, Adderall and hydrocodone.
Common schedule III drugs are considered to have a moderate to low potential for abuse and include such drugs as: anabolic steroids, vicodin, and Tylenol with codeine.
Common schedule IV drugs are considered to have a low potential for abuse and include such drugs as: valium, rohypnol, Soma, Ambien and Xanax.
Common schedule V drugs are considered to have the lowest potential for abuse and include such drugs as: ephedrine and codeine which is often found in cold medicine and cough syrups.
The potential for abuse is a critical factor in determining which schedule a drug is placed in, and a particular drug need not be listed in the schedules to be treated as a schedule I drug for criminal prosecution. If you are found with a drug that has a similar chemical makeup to one of the drugs in schedule I, for example, the prosecutor will charge you with possession of a schedule I drug.
For a more comprehensive discussion on drugs, their classification, and chemical makeup you can visit the DEA website.
The penalties for drug trafficking are severe and can include a life-sentence, property forfeiture and significant fines.
If you have been charged with the federal drug trafficking in the Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County communities of Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Warren, Troy or any surrounding area and want the best legal representation, call Michigan Criminal Attorney Barton Morris at (248) 541-2600. Attorney Barton W. Morris, Jr., was recently voted Top Attorney in Metro Detroit for 2012 and 2013. Having conducted multiple dozens of jury trials gives him the experience necessary to effectively handle every criminal matter and persuade any jury that the prosecution cannot and has not proven their case.
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