WHAT CONSTITUTES TRAFFICKING OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN NEVADA?

Nevada breaks down the law for trafficking of a controlled substance by the type of substance the individual possessed. It is important to note that Controlled substances classified under Schedule I and II can only apply to trafficking charges.

 Common Schedule I drugs include any of the following:

  • LSD
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • PCP
  • Mescaline
  • Methamphetamine (Crack, Crystal Meth, Speed)

 Common Schedule II drugs include any of the following:

  • Cocaine
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Opium
  • Barbiturates
  • Adderall

PENALTIES FOR TRAFFICKING OF MARIJUANA OR CONCENTRATED CANNABIS CHARGES IN LAS VEGAS:

If the quantity is 50-1,000 pounds of marijuana OR 1-20 pounds of concentrated cannabis, you are guilty of a category C felony and will be punished:

  • A minimum term of 1 year and a maximum term of 5 years in a state prison; and

  • A fine of no more than $25,000.

If the quantity is 1,000-5,000 pounds of marijuana OR 20-100 pounds of concentrated cannabis, you are guilty of a category B felony and will be punished:

  • A minimum term of 2 year and a maximum term of 10 years in a state prison; and

  • A fine of no more than $50,000.

If the quantity is  greater than 5,000 pounds of marijuana OR greater than 100 pounds of concentrated cannabis, you are guilty of a category A felony and will be punished:

  • For life in a state prison with the possibility of parole, with the eligibility for parole when a minimum of 5 years has been served; or

  • For a definite term of 15 years, with the eligibility for parole when a minimum of 5 years has been served; and

  • A fine of no more than $200,000.

PENALTIES FOR TRAFFICKING A SCHEDULE I SUBSTANCE CHARGES IN LAS VEGAS:

If the quantity is 4-14 grams, you are guilty of a category B felony and will be punished:

  • A minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 6 years in a state prison; and

  • A fine of no more than $50,000.

If the quantity is 14-28 grams, you are guilty of a category B felony and will be punished:

  • A minimum of 2 year and a maximum of 15 years in a state prison; and

  • A fine of no more than 100,000.

If the quantity is 14-28 grams, you are guilty of a category B felony and will be punished:

  • A minimum of 2 year and a maximum of 15 years in a state prison; and

  • A fine of no more than 500,000.

PENALTIES FOR TRAFFICKING A SCHEDULE II SUBSTANCE CHARGES IN LAS VEGAS:

If the quantity is 28-200 grams, you are guilty of a category C felony and will be punished:

  • A minimum term of 1 year and a maximum term of 5 years in a state prison; and

  • A fine of no more than $50,000.

If the quantity is 200-400 grams, you are guilty of a category B felony and will be punished:

  • A minimum of 2 years and a maximum of no more than 10 years in a state prison; and

  • A fine of no more than $100,000.

If the quantity is 400 grams or more, you are guilty of a category A felony and will be punished:

  • For life in a state prison with possibility of parole after a minimum of 5 years have been served; or

  • For a definite term of 15 years, with eligibility for parole beginning when a minimum of 5 years have been served; and

  • By a fine of no more than $250,000.

DEFENSES TO TRAFFICKING OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES CHARGES:

  • Illegal search and seizure. If the drugs were obtained illegally, either without probable cause or without a search warrant, the evidence should excluded.

  • The drugs were not in your possession. If you did not know that the drugs were there and belong to someone else, you should not be charged with trafficking of a controlled substance.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with trafficking of a controlled substance, it is important you contact an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney to help get you the results you deserve. Adrian Lobo is an experienced criminal defense attorney who is dedicated to solving your trafficking of a controlled substance charges. Contact Adrain Lobo today for a consultation.

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