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What Types of Drug Crimes Are Prosecuted By the Federal Government?

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Fort Worth criminal law attorney federal drug crimes

The manufacturepossession, and distribution of illicit drugs are prosecuted by both state governments and the federal government. Any drug-related criminal charge can lead to harsh penalties but federal offenses are often penalized more severely than crimes prosecuted by the state. If you have been charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, drug trafficking, or drug manufacturing, it is crucial that you speak with a criminal defense attorney. Federal drug crimes are often punished by lengthy prison sentences and heavy fines. Your attorney can help you defend yourself against these charges and ensure that your rights are fully protected.  

Federal Drug Offenses Often Involve the Transportation of Drugs Across State Lines

Often, a drug offense is prosecuted by the federal government because the defendant is alleged to have transported drugs from one state to another or imported the drugs into the U.S. from another country. You may also face federal charges if the crime you allegedly committed:

  • Was investigated by a federal agency, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

  • Involved the manufacture or distribution of very large quantities of drugs

  • Was discovered by a federal informant

  • Occurred on federal property such as a military base or national park

  • Involved other criminal offenses such as money laundering or the use of a firearm

  • Was associated with drug cartels or organized crime

  • Involved the transportation of illicit substances through the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS, or another mail courier

Types of Drug Offenses Prohibited by U.S. Law

  • Drug manufacturing: It is against Texas law and U.S. law to manufacture controlled substances. An individual can be charged with drug manufacturing if he or she is involved in the creation, cultivation, preparation, processing, or extraction of a controlled substance.

  • Drug distribution and drug trafficking: Selling or delivering large quantities of a controlled substance may lead to federal drug distribution or drug trafficking charges. An individual can also face drug distribution charges if he or she possesses a large number of drugs as well as items used in the packaging and sale of drugs such as scales or baggies.

  • Illegal importation of drugs: Importing illicit substances such as marijuana, methamphetamines, heroin, or cocaine, into the United States is strictly prohibited by federal law.

Contact a Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer

Depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved in the alleged offense, federal drug crimes are punishable by several years up to several decades in prison. If you have been charged with a drug-related criminal offense, you could lose your career, personal reputation, and even your freedom. Plano, Texas drug crimes defense attorney Darlina Crowder has secured hundreds of acquittals for clients – including those charged with federal offenses. To schedule a free, confidential consultation at The Crowder Law Firm P.C., call us today at 214-303-9600.

 

Source:
https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid%3AUSC-prelim-title21-chapter13-subchapter1-partD&edition=prelim

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