New Jersey Drug Trafficking Lawyers
Drug trafficking and distribution is one of the most serious of all drug crimes in the United States. This is not only because it involves the distribution of drugs, but because it intersects with several other factors that have far reaching impacts on the society as a whole. Drug trafficking and distribution is often caught up in a web of organized crime, cartels, and street gangs which are inherently volatile, with violent crimes such as shootings, aggravated assaults, armed robbery, and murder occurring frequently.
Drug Trafficking and Distribution in New Jersey
The state of New Jersey is a strategic location for drug trafficking and distribution in the United States, and is widely known to be a hotbed of such illegal operations. As such, New Jersey is under the microscope of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), leading to aggressive prosecution and harsh punishment of narcotics crimes. In fact, the state of New Jersey is part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force which focuses on dismantling or significantly disrupting major drug trafficking organizations within New Jersey.
Schedule I & II Drugs
Charges of drug trafficking are made when an individual is found to be in the possession of a large amount of narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, prescription painkillers, as such, the individual had intent to distribute that substance. Marijuana and heroin are classified as Schedule I drugs, while Cocaine and Methamphetamine are Schedule II drugs. If an individual is convicted of trafficking any Schedule I or II drugs, the penalties almost always include mandatory jail time and fines.
The punishment for crimes related to drug trafficking and distribution depends upon several factors such as the kind of drug that is being distributed (heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine), its quantity or the location where it is distributed. Marijuana and heroin are classified as Schedule I drugs, while Cocaine and Methamphetamine are Schedule II drugs. If an individual is convicted of trafficking any of these drugs, the penalties almost always include mandatory jail time and fines in the tens of thousands of dollars. Also, to prosecute someone for drug trafficking it is not necessary for the state to prove that there was any profit from the manufacture, distribution and sale of drug.
Contact our New Jersey Drug Trafficking Lawyers today
If you’ve been charged with Drug Trafficking and Distribution, the course of your future in dire straits – call us today. To control drug trafficking and distribution the police and federal agencies have been given wide powers which, in many cases, are misused or by mistake prosecute innocent people who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. At Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C., our New Jersey criminal defense team consisting of former prosecutors will work tirelessly to defend you against charges of drug trafficking and distribution in the state of New Jersey — but you must call us immediately at (908) 561-5577 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free.