Examining the Types of Federal Drug Crimes
Posted By Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass || 5-Apr-2012
Though Texas has its own laws regarding drugs, some drug crimes are subject to federal prosecution. Texas prosecutes drug charges mainly related to simple possession, but the federal government prosecutes more serious crimes like drug trafficking and drug manufacturing. To find out more about federal drug offenses from a criminal defense lawyer, read on.
- Trafficking. This federal drug crime usually involves the transportation of large amounts of illegal drugs across state or international borders. Though many Americans are major consumers of illegal drugs, much of the supply comes from other countries and makes its way into the U.S., creating many opportunities for drug trafficking.
- Manufacturing. Manufacturing does not have to strictly mean the making of drugs; growing components that will be processed and made into illegal substances also falls under this charge. This includes the cultivation of marijuana and the chemical manufacture of drugs like crystal methamphetamines and LSD.
- Distribution. Selling or delivering drugs to users is a criminal offense known as distribution. The severity of the crime is based on the drugs involved, the amounts involved, and the defendant’s criminal history.
- Conspiracy. Because of its ambiguity, conspiracy is one of the most easily prosecuted federal drug crimes. Conspiracy is defined as an agreement between two people to commit a crime, but federal prosecutors have shown that they’re willing to stretch that definition when it comes to drug-related conspiracies. Charges are sometimes brought against people who were merely in the proximity of illegal substances when other defendants were arrested. Drug organizations can be large and difficult to detect, leading federal agents to aggressively pursue everyone they think may be involved.
If you’ve been accused of a federal drug charge, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. Attorney Grass has more than 20 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer in Dallas. During his time as a criminal defense attorney, he’s defended several people against false allegations regarding illegal substances, and he can help you discredit the prosecution’s argument. Call to reach our office.