Because the illegal selling and transporting of drugs in Arizona continues to be a major problem, there are several different charges that someone can face if they are caught possessing drugs. These charges include both drug distribution and trafficking.
Drug Distribution charges are brought against a suspect if they are accused of selling, delivering or providing controlled substances illegally. The laws in Arizona regarding are strict and harsh depending on the case. When someone is accused of “distribution”, it involves the actual, constructive or attempted transfer, delivery, selling or dispensing to another person.
“Threshold Amounts” are very important in drug distribution cases in the state of Arizona. When an individual is found to be in possession of the minimum threshold amount of an illegal drug or greater, they will face mandatory prison sentencing and will not be eligible for probation or drug treatment.
Here are the Threshold Amounts for Arizona:
- Amphetamine and Methamphetamine: 9 grams or greater
- Cocaine: 9 grams powder or 750 mg rock
- Heroin: 1 gram
- LSD: one-half ml liquid or 50 doses
- PCP: 4 grams or 50 ml
- Marijuana: 2 pounds
Drug Trafficking refers to the sale or distribution of a controlled substance. Trafficking charges have less to do with drugs crossing state or country lines and more to do with the amount of drugs involved. It is a felony and is a much more serious crime than drug possession.
You could be charged with trafficking if you are found in possession of a large amount of drugs or cash at the time of your arrest. If the police believe you intend to sell the drugs you have on you, it is likely that you will face distribution or trafficking charges.
The first thing you should do if you are facing Drug Distribution or Trafficking charges is contact an attorney. There are some critical mistakes you can avoid if you have an experienced Arizona Drug Lawyer working for you. Your attorney can help you avoid incriminating yourself further by giving you specific steps to follow.
Contact Mesa Arizona Drug Attorney Charlie Naegle for a free consultation today. Let Mr. Naegle put his experience and knowledge of the law to work for you.