Marijuana trafficking is considered the crime of manufacturing, transporting, selling, or distributing marijuana. While it may seem like trafficking is merely drug dealing, this broader definition means that many people in Texas may find themselves subjected to drug trafficking charges even if they never sold or transported any amount of marijuana.
What are the penalties for marijuana trafficking?
One of the most common drugs that is transported through Texas is marijuana. While marijuana has been legalized in some states for medical or even recreational usage, Texas still considers marijuana to be a controlled substance and its delivery, importation, or even use can find someone facing significant penalties.
Under Texas law, the penalties you face depend on the amount of marijuana involved:
- Less than .25 ounces: 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine
- .25 ounces or less with payment: 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine
- Between .25 ounces and 5 pounds: 180 days to 2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine
- Between 5 and 50 pounds: 2 to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Between 5 and 2,000 pounds: 5 years to life in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Over 2,000 pounds: 10 years to life in prison and a $100,000 fine
If the trafficking of marijuana involved a child or occurred in a restricted area, the accused is facing a second-degree criminal offense, which carries even harsher penalties.
Anyone that has been charged with marijuana trafficking should take action to defend their case. A drug crime attorney can best determine what can be used in the defense, including proving that illegal search and seizure was used, demonstrating that the marijuana belonged to someone else, or that you were misidentified.
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