Drug Trafficking Mandatory Minimums

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When it comes to drug trafficking charges, a person does not have to actually sell a drug in order to break Florida’s drug trafficking laws. Different drugs carry a different minimum mandatory prison sentence based on the weight of the drug. For example, possession of 1 gram or more of LSD can result in a >1 but less than 5 gram Trafficking in LSD charge.

Minimum mandatory prison sentences do not usually receive “gain time,” or a reduction in prison time for inmates who display satisfactory behavior , educational attainment or participate in other incentive programs. Click here for more information on types of gain time.  Cases involving drug trafficking charges, however, are entitled to gain time. This is because the court in Mastay v. McDonough, Florida Department of Corrections, 928 So. 2d 512 (Fla. 1st DCA 2006)held that drug trafficking charges are eligible for gain time, just  not discretionary release.

Drug trafficking offenses are taken very seriously, with mandatory minimum sentences that range from 3 years to 25 years in prison. If you are arrested for trafficking, it is crucial to contact an experienced Orlando criminal defense attorney to represent and defend you in court.

The chart below shows the minimum mandatory sentences for trafficking in various drugs:

Offense
(Knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into
the state, or who is knowingly in actual
or constructive possession of:*)
Drug AmountMandatory Minimum Sentence & Fine
Cocaine28 - 200 grams

200 - 400 grams

400 grams – 150
kilograms
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $250,000 fine
Marijuana25 - 2000 lbs or 300 - 2000 plants

2000 - 10,000 lbs or 2000 - 10,000 plants

10,000+ lbs. or 10,000
plants
3 years, $25,000 fine

7 years, $50,000 fine

15 years, $200,000 fine
GBL1-5 kilograms

5-10 kilograms

10+ kilograms
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $250,000 fine
Phencyclidine28 - 200 grams

200 - 400 grams

400+ grams
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $250,000 fine
Methaqualone200 grams – 5 kilograms

5 - 25 kilograms

25+ kilograms
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $250,000 fine
Amphetamine or methamphetamine14 – 28 grams

28 – 200 grams

200+ grams
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $250,000 fine
Flunitrazepam4 – 14 grams

14 – 28 grams

28 grams – 30 kilograms
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

25 years, $500,000 fine
GHB1 - 5 kilograms

5 - 10 kilograms

10+ kilograms
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $250,000 fine
Morphine, opium, oxycodone,
hydrocodone, hydromorphone, or any
salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an
isomer, including heroin
7 - 14 grams

14 - 25 grams

25 - 100 grams

100 grams - 30 kilograms

30+ kilograms
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $500,000 fine

25 years, $750,000 fine

life imprisonment without parole
LSD1- 5 grams

5 - 7 grams

7+ grams
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $500,000 fine
Phenethylamines10 – 200 grams

200 - 400 grams

400+ grams
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $250,000 fine
1,4-Butandediol1 - 5 kilograms

5 – 10 kilograms

10+ kilograms
3 years, $50,000 fine

7 years, $100,000 fine

15 years, $500,000 fine
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