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Drugs and Crimes, Drug Trafficking, Drug Charges Attorney

Drugs are related to crime in multiple ways. Most directly, it is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as having a potential for abuse. Cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and amphetamines are examples of drugs classified to have abuse potential. Drugs are also related to crime through the effects they have on the user’s behavior and by generating violence and other illegal activity in connection with drug trafficking. The following scheme summarizes the various ways that drugs and crime are related.

Drug-Defined Offenses

Definition: Violations of laws prohibiting or regulating the possession, distribution, or manufacture of illegal drugs.

Examples: Drug possession or use. Marijuana cultivation. Methamphetamine production. Cocaine, heroin, or marijuana sales.


Definition: Offenses in which drug’s pharmacologic effects contribute; offenses are motivated by the user’s need for money to support continued use; and offenses connected to drug distribution itself.

Examples: Violent behavior resulting from drug effects. Stealing to get money to buy drugs. Violence against rival drug dealers.

Drug-Using Lifestyle

Definition: Drug use and crime are common aspects of a deviant lifestyle. The likelihood and frequency of involvement in illegal activity is increased because drug users may not participate in the legitimate economy and are exposed to situations that encourage crime.

Examples: A life orientation with an emphasis on short-term goals supported by illegal activities. Opportunities to offend resulting from contacts with offenders and illegal markets. Criminal skills learned from other offenders.

Drug Possession

Includes possession of an illegal drug, but excludes possession with intent to sell.

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws. At current levels, world heroin consumption (340 tons) and seizures represent an annual flow of 430-450 tons of heroin into the global heroin market. Of that total, opium from Myanmar and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic yields some 50 tons, while the rest, some 380 tons of heroin and morphine, is produced exclusively from Afghan opium. While approximately 5 tons are consumed and seized in Afghanistan, the remaining bulk of 375 tons is trafficked worldwide via routes flowing into and through the countries neighboring Afghanistan.

Factors That Affect Your Federal Drug Trafficking Case

The severity of the penalties you face depend on matters such as:

  • The type of drugs alleged to have been trafficked
  • The amount of drugs involved
  • Whether evidence of drug trafficking is available, such as possession of large amounts of cash, several cell phones/beepers, weapons, scales and measuring devices
  • Whether this is a first drug trafficking offense for you
  • Whether any person was seriously injured or killed in the alleged drug trafficking
  • Whether any minor (person under 18 years old) was involved in the trafficking
  • Your status as an adult or minor
  • Your prior criminal record, if any
  • Whether state and/or international borders were crossed
  • Whether the drugs were distributed near a school or to minors
Feds, NY State Police to Discuss Upstate Drug Bust

AP, Aug 16.

Law enforcement officials have scheduled a news conference to discuss details of what they’re calling a major drug trafficking investigation in the Southern Tier.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse says federal prosecutors, New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies will be at the news conference, scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the trooper barracks in the Broome County town of Kirkwood, just outside Binghamton.

A spokesman for federal prosecutors in Syracuse say Thursday morning that no details will be released until the news conference.

West Palm Beach Drug Charges Attorney

Many drug crimes in Florida are subject to mandatory minimum prison sentences of at least three years. Even if you are not facing prison time, the arrest can have a profound effect on both you and your family. At the law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A., in West Palm Beach, we will take a proactive approach in defending you.

Many drug cases can be resolved if your lawyer has you immediately perform community service and complete a short drug class, as it is essential that the state’s charging attorney understands what type of person you really are. Such actions also provide evidence that shows you are much more than what the law enforcement agent makes you out to be. By being proactive, we can often get a withhold of adjudication, which would preserve your driver’s license and keep you from having a criminal record.

Defense lawyer Andrew Stine handles all types of drug charges from simple possession to large scale trafficking of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, Oxycontyn, and other controlled substances. Being proactive in a drug case can often make the difference between facing felony or misdemeanor charges, or whether any charges are filed at all.

Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 Se habla español.

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