Man with handcuffs, being arrested for drug trafficking

Drug Trafficking in North Carolina

By Joel Hancock

When you have been charged with the trafficking of drugs, it can feel hopeless and terrifying. You may feel that there is nothing you can do. However, that is not necessarily the case. 

Those who possess a scheduled controlled substance or a narcotic could find themselves up against a drug trafficking charge. However, it is the amount of the drug that determines whether your possession of the drug can be considered trafficking. 

Intention is Irrelevant

What is important to keep in mind is that your intention is irrelevant. It does not matter if you obtained a large amount of drugs to use by yourself. If you have over a certain amount of drugs in your possession you can still be charged with drug trafficking.

You may be charged with drug trafficking if you possess:

  • 10 lbs. of marijuana
  • 100 pills of LSD or Ecstasy
  • 4 gm of morphine, opioids, or heroin
  • 28 gm of powder or crack cocaine

Harsh Consequences

If you are found guilty of drug trafficking, you may face a variety of serious consequences such as long jail sentences (beginning at 25-30 months), hefty fines, or the forfeiture of assets. If you are accused of violating federal drug trafficking laws, you may invoke federal sentencing guidelines. 

When you have been charged with drug trafficking you may also find yourself charged with other crimes as well. If the drugs in your possession are found packaged in a way that lends itself to looking like they are being sold, someone may also be charged with possession with intent to distribute or intent to sell or deliver. 

This can be extremely serious, as when you are being accused and assessed for multiple charges, it may increase the likelihood that you will be convicted. The circumstances often dictate whether you should obtain a plea bargain or take the case to trial. An attorney can help you to weigh these options. 

Hancock Law Firm, PLLC Helps Those in North Carolina Who Have Been Charged with a Crime

A conviction for drug trafficking can have a severe and long-lasting impact on your life. From finding a place to live to securing a job position, it can prove difficult with such a conviction on your record. It can also impact your ability to get to and from work and make money. That is why it is in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. 

A qualified criminal defense attorney has experience with fighting these types of charges and can help you to navigate the criminal justice system. 

At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we fully understand what is at stake and will do everything that we can to help you fight these charges. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Joel Hancock is a native of Carteret County, NC. He devotes 100% of his practice to defending those accused of traffic infractions, DWI, misdemeanors, and felonies in Carteret County, NC.