Drug Trafficking Penalties & Sentencing Guidelines

For more indepth information, case examples, and statues, see John Teakell’s Drug Trafficking & Possession Case Brief and Steroid & HGH Drug Trafficking Case Brief. For a quick overview of cocaine, heroin, marijuana trafficking sentences, jail time, and punishments, see below.

Cocaine Trafficking Charges

  • 500 – 4999 gm mixture
  • First Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • 5 kgs or more mixture
  • First Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if not an individual.
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Heroin Trafficking Charges

  • 100 – 999 gms mixture
  • First Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • 1 kg or more
  • First Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if not an individual.

Marijuana Trafficking Charges

  • 1,000 kg or more mixture; or 1,000 or more plants
  • First Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 10 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life. Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.
  • Second Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 20 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, mandatory life. Fine not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if other than an individual.
  • 100 to 999 kg mixture; or 100 to 999 plants
  • First Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years. If death or serous injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life. Fine not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual.
  • Second Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 10 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, mandatory life. Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.