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What is the Law for Possession of Cocaine?

Marijuana and prescription drugs seem to be making the news more often than others, but cocaine still has a strong presence in drug trafficking and other criminal activity. The law against possession of cocaine still stands strong and is continuing to land people who chose to possess or traffic cocaine in prison. Real estate titan Francis “Chappy” Adams was charged and arrested recently on a felony count of cocaine possession.

The Crime

Francis “Chappy” Adams, who runs Palm Beach County’s largest real estate firm, was charged with a felony count of cocaine possession last week after trying to board a plane at Palm Beach International Airport, according to the Palm Beach Post. He was stopped by TSA Agents after they noticed an “abnormal object” in his pocket after he passed through the security checkpoint.

According to the Post, Adams was patted down and the TSA Agent allegedly found three plastic bags containing cocaine in his pocket. He has been charged with cocaine possession, a third-degree felony, and was released later that same day after posting a $3,000 bond.

Possession of Cocaine

Controlled substances according to Florida Statute 893.13 include substances like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, or other illegal drugs. Possession of any of these controlled substances is a third degree felony punishable by maximum of five years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

It is considered cocaine trafficking if the amount in possession is over 20 grams, whether or not there was intention to sell. Trafficking felonies are much more serious than possession felonies in the state of Florida.

Drug Possession Criminal Defense

Never plead guilty to a Florida drug possession charge before speaking with a criminal defense lawyer. There are lots of defense strategies you can use to avoid the serious impact a drug possession conviction will have on your life. There are defenses in drug possession cases that a criminal defense lawyer can use to reduce or dismiss the charges depending on your personal situation including illegal search and seizure or treatment programs in exchange for leniency.

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