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By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

February 16, 2021

Being convicted of an offense like drug transportation can result in serious ramifications. States like Florida, in particular, have a low tolerance for these types of crimes. There are strict rules surrounding substance possession, manufacturing, and trafficking.

Drug Trafficking Laws

Drug trafficking Florida statute § 893.135 states: It’s unlawful for a person to sell, purchase, manufacture, deliver, or bring drugs into Florida. However, Florida Statute § 893.13(5) separately states that it’s unlawful for a person to transport controlled substances from another state into Florida.

Offenses committed under these statutes differ from other laws concerning this conduct due to the amount of the controlled substance involved. For example, moving illegal substances could be charged as drug trafficking or drug possession with intent to sell depending on the quantity of illicit substances found.


While the consequences of offenses like drug trafficking vary from case to case, there are some standard penalties provided by the state. For example, almost every trafficking charge is labeled a first-degree felony in Florida. Prison time and fines, however, are not as easily synthesized. Here are some common penalties for drug trafficking.

Cocaine Trafficking: 3-15 years in prison (30 years max). $50,000 – $250,000 in fines.

Weed/Cannabis Trafficking: 3-15 years in prison (30 years max). $25,000 – $200,000 in fines.

Heroin Trafficking: 3 years – life in prison. $50,000 – $500,000 in fines.

Oxycodone ​Trafficking: 3-25 years in prison. $50,000 – $250,000 in fines.

Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) : 3-15 years in prison. $50,000 – $750,000 in fines.

Handling Drug Charges

If you are facing drug-related charges, we may be able to help. Here at Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we have the skills, experience, and determination to help get you a favorable outcome for your case.

We have handled countless criminal defense cases and know how to navigate the legal system. When you need someone who you can trust to help defend your rights and freedom, rest assured Hager & Schwartz, P.A. is here for you. You can reach us at (386) 693-1637 or contact us through our website today.