What are Florida’s Cocaine Trafficking Laws

040929-N-2718P-003 Mayport, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2004) Ð Sailors aboard the guided missile Frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) together with Coast Guardsmen from its embarked Law Enforcement detachment (LEDET) off load more than 3,000 pounds of cocaine to waiting U.S. authorities. The cocaine was seized during a drug interdiction conducted by the ship in early September while operating in the Pacific. During this operation USS John Hall chased a high-speed boat and the embarked LEDET seized their contraband and detained four suspects. More than 70,000 pounds of narcotics have been seized in combined Coast Guard and Navy operations during the month of September 2004. U.S. Navy photo by Quarter Mater 1st Class Jonathan Page (RELEASED)

There is a long history of Cocaine trafficking, selling and consumption in the state of Florida, due to its close proximity to the country of Cuba. Florida is, and has been for a long time, the destination for cocaine smugglers and it has led the state of Florida to get completely fed up with the crime that the drug and everything involved has brought to the Sunshine state. For this reason, Florida cocaine trafficking laws are very strict and if you are caught with cocaine, you can expect to go to jail, unless you are a simple user who is in possession of a small amount. In this instance, you will likely be eligible for a drug treatment program or diversion program, provided that you do not have any violent criminal history.

The charges and penalties for cocaine possession go up rapidly once you start getting around the ounce mark. If you are caught with over twenty grams, chances are you are going to get a year or more and for more than four hundred grams; you very well could be doing seven years in a federal penitentiary. This is amplified if you are found to be in possession with a large amount with the intent to sell, which can land you in the prison sentence for a dozen or more years. A lot of people do not realize that if you are caught with a massive amount of cocaine, that they can actually put you in prison for life.

 

Florida has made it clear that they want nothing to do with Cocaine, and do not want to be labeled as the state where the most cocaine is trafficked and consumed, but the reality is that they have developed that reputation for a reason and things do not look like they are going to change any time soon. Tons of people are still bringing in massive amounts of the drug on a daily basis and it has led to the streets continually being flooded with cocaine, which inevitably leads to lots of arrests and charges made.