However, when it comes to the nature of these charges, the major difference has to do with intent and whether it’s a first-time offence or not.
Drug trafficking charges occur when the intent is to sell and distribute controlled substances, most often in relation to a criminal organization that smuggles drugs.
Drug possession, on the other hand, means that illegal drugs were found on your person or anywhere you had reasonable access to (such as in your car or purse). It can also involve the use of drugs at the time of your arrest.
Common Charges Related to Drug Trafficking and Possession
When it comes to drug trafficking and possession charges, here are some related charges:
- Possession of a prohibited or controlled substance
- Possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking
- Trafficking in a prohibited or controlled substance
- Producing, cultivating, or growing a controlled substance
- Use of a prohibited or controlled substance
- Importing, exporting, or possessing for the purpose of exporting a controlled substance
Consequences of Drug Trafficking and Possession
When it comes to drug trafficking, the maximum sentence is life in prison but this depends on the type of drug being trafficked plus any prior convictions.
For simple drug possession, the maximum penalty for a first time offender is a fine of $1,000 and/or six months in prison. Repeat offenders can face a $2,000 fine and/or one year in prison.
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