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Massachusetts Drug Trafficking Laws

Posted on : June 2, 2016, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.
Massachusetts Drug Crimes Attorney

Drug trafficking is the most serious of drug crimes and is punished harshly by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If you are charged with drug trafficking, it’s critical that you have an experienced defense attorney in your corner. Here’s what you need to know about drug trafficking laws in Massachusetts and how to get the legal representation you need.

Trafficking of Cocaine

If you are charged with trafficking cocaine (a class B substance), you are facing:

  • 2-15 years incarceration for 18-36 grams (2 year minimum mandatory)
  • 3.5-20 years incarceration for 36-100 grams (3.5 year minimum mandatory)
  • 8-20 years incarceration for 100-200 grams (8 year minimum mandatory)
  • 12-20 years incarceration for 200+ grams (12 year minimum mandatory)

Trafficking of Heroin

If you are charged with trafficking heroin (a class A substance), you are facing:

  • 3.5-20 years incarceration for 18-36 grams (3.5 minimum mandatory)
  • 5-20 years incarceration for 36-100 grams (5 year minimum mandatory)
  • 8-20 years incarceration for 100-200 grams (8 year minimum mandatory)
  • 12-20 years incarceration for 200+ grams (12 year minimum mandatory)

Trafficking of Marijuana

If you are charged with trafficking marijuana (a class D substance), you are facing:

  • 1-15 years incarceration for 50-100 lbs (1 year minimum mandatory)
  • 3-15 years incarceration for 100-2,000 lbs (2 year minimum mandatory)
  • 5-15 years incarceration for 2,000-10,000 lbs (3.5 year minimum mandatory)
  • 8-15 years incarceration for 10,000+ lbs ( 8 year minimum mandatory)

How to Defend Against Drug Trafficking Charges

Many people believe they have few options if they are found with large amounts of drugs in their possession and are charged with trafficking. However, there are numerous criminal defense strategies that have been proven successful. Most often, an attorney will attempt to have the evidence suppressed by challenging the legality/constitutionality of the search and seizure of the drugs and any other items that law enforcement says is evidence of trafficking. It is nearly impossible for the prosecution to get a conviction if the evidence cannot be admitted into court. In cases where a warrant was not obtained and the police determined what probable cause was after they began searching, an attorney may be able to argue that law enforcement had no probable cause to search your vehicle, your home, or other property.

Contact the Law Offices of Thomas Kokonowski, Esq. Today

If you have been charged with drug trafficking, it’s important that you take these charges seriously. As you can see from the above penalties, your life will be significantly changed and you will face many years in a Massachusetts state prison if you are convicted.

Attorney Kokonowski will aggressively defend your rights under the law and will do everything possible to see that the charges against you are dismissed or reduced. Even though you are facing life-altering charges, you can go to court with confidence when you have an experienced, zealous drug crimes attorney on your side. Call now for a consultation at (413) 585-9200 in Northampton or (413) 549-0022 in Amherst.

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