Drug trafficking is a serious crime that often results in significant consequences. Arizona has had a significant drug trafficking problem because it shares state lines with the Mexican border. Since state and federal laws are devoted to heavily investigating and prosecuting drug trafficking in Arizona, it has people wondering what charges they will face if they share recreational drugs with friends.
Arizona Drug Trafficking Laws
In Arizona, someone commits a drug trafficking offense if they have more than a certain amount of controlled substance in their possession. A person doesn’t have to be “smuggling narcotics across international borders” in order for it to be considered drug trafficking. In fact, a person only needs to possess a certain amount of controlled substance for them to face drug trafficking charges.
It is also unlawful for an individual to transport drugs for sale or even offer to transport for a sale. Below we have put together a list of threshold amounts for a few of the most common types of narcotics:
Cocaine: 9 grams
Crack: 9 grams
Heroin: 1 gram
PCP: 4 grams or 50 milliliters
Methamphetamine: 9 grams
LSD: .5 milliliter or 50 doses
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Can I Face Drug Trafficking Charges If I Give My Friends Drugs?
Your chances of facing drug trafficking charges under any circumstances will solely depend on the number of narcotics in your possession and whether you were transporting it to make a sale. Therefore, if you possessed more than the threshold amounts listed above and you sold drugs to your friend, you could face drug trafficking charges.
Facing Drug Trafficking Charges
Selling cocaine can result in 3 to 12 ½ years in prison. Whether you are facing drug trafficking or drug possession charges, it is important to seek legal guidance as quickly as possible. Phoenix drug crimes can result in hefty charges that will not only jeopardize your freedom but also your reputation and career. Our team at Suzuki Law Offices can help you protect your rights and create a solid criminal defense. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you get the best possible results for your case.