Drug crime is one of the most serious problems facing our country today. The illegal drug trade brings in billions of dollars each year, and most of that money ends up in the hands of criminals.
In recent years, in an effort to combat the flow of illegal drugs, law enforcement agencies have shifted their focus from minor possession drug charges to more serious drug trafficking charges.
Rather than simple possession or distribution, drug trafficking involves the transportation of large quantities of illegal drugs from one area to another with the intention of establishing a distribution network. Sometimes these drugs are trafficked in from across the border or across state lines.
Additional Penalties for Additional Crimes
The possible penalties can become worse if one or more of the following crimes is associated with the initial charge:
- Money laundering: The illicit drug trade brings in massive profits, and drug distributors attempt to use legitimate businesses to conceal large transfers of cash under the guise of “normal” business transactions.
- Transfer across borders or state lines: Trafficking drugs into another state or into the country illegally makes a trafficking offense into a federal crime, and many additional charges are likely to be filed if this occurs.
- Weapons charges: Drug distribution is a dangerous business, and many traffickers are armed at all times. To complicate matters, many of these people may have prior criminal convictions that prevent them from obtaining firearms legally. Illegal weapons and illegal narcotics are often discovered together.