Federal Offenses: Trafficking – Part 1

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15th Jan 2024


Trafficking anything illegal across state lines or across country borders is something that will be heavily persecuted by the federal government.

Trafficking itself isn’t necessarily illegal because it includes the transportation of goods for the purpose of trade by land, sea, or air. However, the federal government will prosecute depending on what kind of “good” is being transported.

For example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigates human trafficking or involuntary servitude in the United States. The FBI also investigates international drug trafficking, as does U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Each state may also have its own laws regarding trafficking. You could be charged by state and federal courts for the exact same crime without triggering double jeopardy. For example, in Florida, trafficking 28 to 200 grams of cocaine will earn you a 3-year mandatory minimum sentence and a $50,000 fine, while you could also get 10 years to a life sentence in federal court depending on your previous charges.

If you have been accused of trafficking in Miami, then you may want to call an experienced criminal defense attorney for legal advice.