Drug trafficking charges became a criminal offense decades ago, as the United States began waging its war against drugs. The federal government imposed severe penalties on drug trafficking and drug possession charges, and many states followed suit with heightened penalties of their own. The key distinction with most drug offenses remains the type of substance as well as the quantity.

Trafficking is a broad charge that can be made against a person who knowingly manufactures, sells, delivers, brings into the state, or knowingly possesses large quantities of Schedule I or II drugs. Drug trafficking is a felony offense in Nevada and conviction carries harsh penalties, so call a Las Vegas drug trafficking lawyer if you face accusations regarding possessing, manufacturing, selling, or transporting a large amount of Schedule I or II drugs.

Drug trafficking laws are frequently under the microscope due to the range of penalties that often seem disproportionate to the offense. If you have been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking, it is important to consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. An arrest is not yet a conviction, although a conviction for drug trafficking can have a severe impact on the rest of your life. Drug trafficking charges are often felony offenses, which can impact your ability to hold a job, gain custody of your children, and even vote in federal elections.

Penalties for Drug Trafficking in Nevada

The trafficking of any illegal drug is a felony offense in Las Vegas, but the severity of the charges and the possible penalties of conviction depend upon where the drug falls on the Drug Schedule and the amount of the drug involved.

Drug trafficking charges and related penalties in Nevada involve the following chart:

Weight Schedule Felony Penalties
4 grams to 14 grams I Category B Up to 6 years in prison and fine up to $50,000
14 grams to 28 grams I Category B Up to 15 years in prison and fine up to $100,000
28 grams + I Category A 25 years to life in prison and fine up to $500,000
28 – 200 grams II Category B 1-5 years in prison and a fine up to $50,000
200 – 400 grams II Category B 2-10 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000
400 grams + II Category A 15 years to life in prison and a fine up to $250,000

Drug trafficking charges may also be brought under federal laws, which contain stricter penalties than the Nevada state laws.

Each of these crimes must be separately proven by the prosecution during a criminal trial. The prosecutor must be able to prove that the intent of the defendant was to sell the substances and must be able to prove the quantity which the defendant was allegedly arrested with. Any mistake during the evidence gathering process could impact the trial and the resulting decision.

Drug Trafficking Versus Drug Transportation

Nevada separates drug offenses into two main categories: drug possession and drug trafficking.  Drug trafficking charges are the most severe types of drug charges and involve the sale of large quantities of drugs, although only pertain to Schedule I and Schedule II substances. The definition of “trafficking in controlled substances” means a person who “knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers or brings into the state or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of large quantities of schedule I drugs or schedule II drugs.” The broad definition of drug trafficking can therefore apply to many situations, which is why it is increasingly important to consult with a criminal defense attorney concerning your arrest.

In the state of Nevada it is illegal to transport drugs in any matter, including through driving, boating, or flying. If you are found to be moving drugs throughout the state or across state lines, even if you did not realize you were transporting narcotics or controlled substances, you could be charged with transportation. De Castroverde Law Group is an accomplished defense firm that is experienced in defending clients against transportation and other drug offenses. If you are accused of this crime, don’t wait to obtain the guidance and advocacy of a skilled Las Vegas drug transportation attorney at our firm.

Penalties for Drug Transportation in Nevada

If convicted of drug transportation, sentencing will be based upon the Nevada Drug Schedule of the drug involved, the amount of the drug involved, and whether you have prior drug offenses on your record.

Transportation of Schedule I Drugs
Less than 4 grams is a Category B Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 1 to 6 years
  • Fines up to $20,000

Between 4 and 14 grams is a Category B Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 1 to 6 years
  • Fines up to $50,000

Between 14 and 28 grams is a Category B Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 2 to 15 years
  • Fines up to $100,000

28 grams or more is a Category A Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 25 years to life
  • Fines up to $500,000

Transportation of Schedule II Drugs
Less than 4 grams is a Category B Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 1 to 6 years
  • Fines up to $20,000

Between 28 and 200 grams is a Category C Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 1 to 5 years
  • Fines up to $50,000

Between 200 and 400 grams is a Category B Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 2 to 10 years
  • Fines up to $100,000

400 grams or more is a Category A Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 15 years to life
  • Fines up to $250,000

Transportation of Schedule III, IV, or V Drugs

A first offense of transporting Schedule III, IV, or V drugs is a Category C Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 1 to 5 years
  • Fines up to $10,000

A second offense of transporting Schedule III, IV, or V drugs is a Category B Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 2 to 10 years
  • Fines up to $15,000

A third offense of transporting Schedule III, IV, or V drugs is a Category B Felony, punishable by:

  • Incarceration in state prison for 3 to 15 years
  • Fines up to $20,000

Contact the Defense Attorneys at De Castroverde Law Group

If you have been arrested on charges of drug trafficking or transporting, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of De Castroverde. Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting our clients with their drug trafficking charges and will work diligently to defend your rights in court. Contact our Las Vegas office today for your initial free consultation.