Drug Trafficking And Distribution. Drug Trafficking Defenses

Drug Trafficking is a global problem that also affects United States. Although the law fights every day with this issue, there are still significant drug trafficking problems in the United States. According to Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) there are over 30,000 annual arrests related to distribution and trafficking of illegal drugs.

drug traffickingDrug trafficking or distribution includes transportation, selling and illegal import of controlled substances. Drug distribution is more serious crime as drug possession and is regarded as felony. It  is also illegal to distribute prescription drugs like pain killers, sleeping pills etc.

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Possession Of Illegal Drugs. Simple Possession Vs. Intention To Distribute

It is well known that drugs are addictive chemical substances that affect central nervous system causing beneficial effects on perception, consciousness and behavior. There are four basic types of drug crimes, these are possession, distribution/trafficking, use and manufacture and cultivation of any of the following:drugs

  • narcotics
  • anabolic steroids
  • stimulants
  • depressants
  • hallucinogens
  • chemicals (ingredients of drugs)

 

One of the basic drug crimes is drug possession, because it is illegal to possess controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine etc. If a person possesses a small amount of drugs, it may be considered a “simple possession”. If the police finds large amounts of drugs, it presumes “intention to distribute”. Drugs possession can be determineddrugs2 by “actual possession” when the person has control over the drug and in most cases is carrying it. If the substance is found around the person’s property – the possession is called “constructive”. Possession of paraphernalia such as crack pipes, bongs or syringes also violates federal and state laws.

 

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Most Popular And Widely Spread Illegal Drugs In The United States

illegal drugsAccording to Drug Enforcement Administrations, there are yearly over 30,000 arrests related to trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs. Illegal Drugs business costs billions of dollars, that’s why this type of crime is always a problem for the U.S. and it is impossible to totally extirpate it.

macThe following drugs and their amounts were found in 2006 within the borders of the USA:

  1. Marijuana – 660.969 kg
  2. Cocaine – 49,823 kg
  3. Heroin – 598 kg
  4. Methamphetamine - 1.540 kg
  5. Hallucinogens – 9.199.693 units

It is estimated that marijuana is currently used by 11.5 million people in the U.S. Most of the marijuana is illegally imported in the United States from Mexico, also a big amount of high-potency marijuana comes from Canada. All of the Cocaine traffic in U.S belongs to Colombian and Mexican organizations. It is estimated that there are over two million cocaine addicts in the United States and the highest percent of cocaine usage belongs to people from 18 to 25 years old.

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Most Severe Drug Law States

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One of the greatest problems in the United States are illegal drugs. The most available, used and distributed drug is marijuana. Each year approximately 800.000 Americans are arrested for violating marijuana laws.

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The biggest number of arrests based on possession of at least a pot of marijuana is made in Texas. Even if it is your first conviction, you can get 180 days jail time and a $2000 fine. The state law in Oklahoma allows judges to sentence to life imprisonment people convicted of cultivation of cannabis or for the sale of the smallest amount of it. Annually over 13.000 people get arrested for pot possession in Oklahoma and they are convicted severely.

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Drug Use. Why is it Illegal to Escape the Reality?

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One of the most widely-spread problem in the whole world are illegal drugs. This refers also to United States. When people get tired or bored of what they have, they want changes, and the easiest way for it is to use drugs. In addition to possession, manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs, drug use is also a crime.

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It is illegal to use following substances unless they are legally prescribed by your doctor for health reasons:

  • depressants
  • hallucinogens
  • narcotics
  • steroids
  • chemicals that are used in production of drugs
  • prescription medicines

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