Transportation of a controlled substance is a serious offense in Nevada. The difference between transporting and trafficking a controlled substance is measured by the amount of controlled substances that were being transported. In this section, we will cover transportation of a controlled substance.

WHAT CONSTITUTES TRANSPORTATION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN NEVADA?

 NRS 453.321 classifies transportation of a controlled substance as:

  • Drugs classified as Schedule I, and are under 4 grams; or

  • Drugs classified as Schedule II, and are under 28 grams.

 Common Schedule I drugs include any of the following:

  • LSD
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Methaqualon
  • PCP
  • Mescaline

 Common Schedule II drugs include any of the following:

  • Methamphetamine (Crack, Crystal Meth, Speed)
  • Cocaine
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Opium
  • Barbiturates
  • Adderall

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES OF TRANSPORTING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IN LAS VEGAS?

If the Schedule I or II drugs are under 4 grams, you are guilty of a category B felony and will be punished:

  • First time offense:

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

    • A possible fine of no more than $20,000

  • Second time offense:

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

    • A possible fine of no more than $20,000

  • Third time offense or subsequent offense:

    • A minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 15 years in a state prison; and

    • A possible fine of no more than $20,000

DEFENSES TO TRANSPORTATION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE:

  • 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 transportation of a controlled substance.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with transportation 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 transportation of a controlled substance charges. Contact Adrain Lobo today for a consultation.

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