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Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute


Drug trafficking and distribution laws seek to penalize those who are selling, transporting, or illegally important unlawful controlled substances such as LSD, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, and marijuana. The trafficking and distribution laws are generally dependent upon the type of drug, amount, location of distribution, and whether or not the targets were minors.

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It is unlawful to grow, to produce, and to possess plants and natural elements which are used to produce unlawful substances. It is also illegal to produce controlled substances with certain chemicals and laboratory equipment, such as LSD, Ecstasy, and cocaine. If, for example, your apartment is legally searched and police find high-powered lamps and cannabis seeds, you can be charged with cultivation. It is a crime to willfully possess any controlled substances which are illegal.

Louisiana Possession with Intent to Distribute Laws & Penalties

If you are charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute, a drug trafficking law, or a felony drug offense, there are many severe penalties in the state of Louisiana. There are no distinct drug trafficking laws in Louisiana, but there are many severe drug laws which can be used to fill the void.

Possession with the intent to distribute under 28 grams will result in a penalty of up to 5 years in prison, with or without hard labor, as well as a fine of $5,000.

If you are convicted of possession with intent to distribute between 28 grams and 200 hundred grams, then the sentence can include between 10 and 60 years in prison and/or a fine between $50,000 and $150,000.

If you are convicted of possession with intent to distribute of 200 to 400 grams, the penalty is between 20 and 60 years of hard labor and a fine between $100,000 and $350,000.

If you are convicted of possession with the intent to distribute of over 400 grams, the penalty is between 30 and 60 years, with hard labor, as well as a fine between $250,000 and $600,000.

Drug Possession Related Felony Charges and Penalties

If you are convicted of the sale of drugs, you can face a sentence between 5 and 30 years, with hard labor, and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

If you are convicted of the sale of drugs to minors and you are over the age of 25, you can face life in prison.

If you are convicted of the sale of drugs to minor, and you are at least 3 years their senior, the penalties double.

Should you be convicted of the production or manufacturing of cocaine, the sentence is between 40 and 99 years in prison, with hard labor, and lacking any chance of parole or suspension, as well as a fine of up to $500,000.

In the state of Louisiana, all penalties related to possession with the intent to distribute, trafficking, and other felony drug offenses double if minors are involved. Not only can you be facing charges for possession with intent to distribute, and trafficking, but other felony drug offenses can compound charges in your case, including cultivation and possession or sale of paraphernalia.

Laundering drug sale proceeds is another related felony drug offense, the penalty for which can include up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Another related felony drug offense is counterfeit drugs. If you are convicted of selling counterfeit drugs the penalties can be greater than selling real drugs because you are facing conviction on two counts. The first is selling drugs illegally and the second is operating a scam.

Get Help with a Possession with Intent to Distribute/Trafficking/Felony Drug Charge

With the help of a defense attorney you can seek to receive a lesser sentence, a minimum fine in lieu of prison time, and/or rehabilitation.