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Drug trafficking laws in the U.S.

Drug problems are on the rise in the United States, and the government has implemented strict measures to control this issue. Drug laws in the U.S. penalize anyone who is involved in the production, transportation or selling of banned substances. The punishment depends on the type of drug, the amount being transported, or the target market. The most common drugs being misused in the U.S. are marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Drug trafficking is the possession of illegal substances with the intention of selling to others. A sentence of 3-5 years is common for people found guilty of drug trafficking. Drug trafficking is a far more serious offense than drug possession.

Every controlled substance is classified under different "schedules," depending on the severity of the drug. A schedule 1 drug has the highest chance of abuse, with no acceptable medical uses. As the schedule number increases, the chances of abuse of each drug decrease. The controlled substances act is a statute which regulates the possession, manufacturing and transportation of controlled substances.

Both Federal and State laws are important when it comes to drug trafficking. States laws must abide by all federal drug laws. Minimum sentencing for all offenders is decided by federal laws. These strict laws are in place to control major drug cartels that are involved in drug trafficking. But lower level dealers are usually the ones getting persecuted, which leads to controversial views regarding drug laws.

If you or your loved one has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking, it is important to contact an experienced attorney. Drug trafficking charges are very serious, and may lead to several years in prison. An attorney might be able to defend you and win your case, or negotiate a good deal.

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