The number of drug manufacturing plants across America is growing, but the majority of illicit drugs in our country are imported from other countries in South America and the Caribbean and Mexico as well. These drugs enter the United States through the clever and deceptive tactics of drug cartels and traffickers. Even though drug trafficking carries an extremely high risk, the payoff of selling the illegal drugs to Americans is much higher. Illegal drugs usually enter the United States from states along the southern border of the country.
Over the years, traffickers have developed creative and subtle ways to transport small packages of illegal drugs. From hiding the packages deep inside passenger cars and trucks to concealing the drugs inside of their body, they will do anything to obtain their ultimate goal of delivery. Most people think that the trafficking of illegal drugs occurs only along the border into our country, but the law has a different definition.
Drug trafficking is defined by law as the criminal act of distributing an unlawful uncontrolled substance. When you use this definition, a person selling their prescribed narcotics to an addicted user could be accused of drug trafficking. This serious criminal offense is similar to drug distribution, but usually occurs on a much larger scale. Drug trafficking is such a large operation in Mexico that government officials estimate it is worth over $50 billion every year.
The United States government is continually searching for more ways to catch and arrest members of drug cartels, and there are currently over 4,400 DEA officers working fulltime in jobs dedicated to fighting drug trafficking and sales throughout the United States. The state of Florida has even created a program called the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area with the mission of disrupting the market for illegal drugs in the South Florida/Tampa Bay area. Florida legislature states that it is illegal for a person to grow, possess or reproduce unlawful uncontrolled substances such as marijuana, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, LSD, cocaine or any unauthorized prescription drug. The penalties for drug trafficking include imprisonment, hefty fines, probation and more.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for trafficking, you could face penalties that will forever change your life. These criminal charges will vary in their severity depending on the type of drug involved and the amount of the drug being distributed. It is vitally important to be well-informed on the state and federal laws that relate trafficking, and you should seek the help of a Tampa drug crime attorney who can defend your rights. The penalties for trafficking will only increase in their scope and severity as this problem in our country increases, so take action to protect your rights today.