Under federal law, drug trafficking is covered under Title 21 of the U.S. Code, specifically Sections 841, 952 and 960.  Federal law also contains a specific conspiracy charge at 21 U.S.C. 846.  In addition, federal drug trafficking in some case can be charged as a Continuing Criminal Enterprise under Title 21 U.S.C. Section 848.  There are additional subsections that fit specific aspects of drug trafficking. If you are facing or being investigated for a federal drug crime, you need to learn more about how a federal drug trafficking attorney can make a big difference in your case.  An experienced federal drug trafficking attorney can investigate your case to find all possible legal defenses and may also be able to negotiate a plea agreement for a lighter sentence.  Many federal drug crimes can lead to minimum mandatory sentences of ten or twenty years, and up to life, so hiring someone to be your legal voice can protect your freedom or your reputation.

One thing to remember is that federal and state drug crimes are very different.  Hiring an attorney who primarily deals with state crime will be of little help in the context of a federal prosecution or investigation.  Even when a state criminal attorney claims to be able to assist you in the context of a federal drug prosecution or investigation, they cannot.  The laws, statutes and penalties are completely different, and they will not understand the federal law or procedure.  Make sure that the attorney you hire has the requisite federal experience or you will not receive satisfactory results and may end up receiving a harsher sentence.


Commonly trafficked drugs include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, opiates, and, most recently, fentanyl.  Remember also that marijuana is till illegal under federal law.  Federal agencies rarely prosecute marijuana offenses, particularly in states where it has been legalized.  But the potential for federal prosecution still exits.

A drug cartel is essentially a group of individuals who work in concert to traffic in drugs.  They operate primarily out of Mexico, but also exist in Thailand and other eastern countries.  They might be loosely affiliated or be part of a tight, family-based organization.  They typically engaged not just in drug trafficking activity, but also in bribery, money laundering, and “enforcement activity.”  Enforcement activity typically includes the kidnapping, torture and death of members of other drug cartels, and law enforcement individuals who refused to be bribed.


Because of the ongoing opiate crisis, prescription drug charges are now a very high-priority matter for federal law enforcement.  Prescription drug overdoses are a leading cause of death in the United States, and the DEA and other federal law enforcement agencies are especially vigilant in the prosecution of drug-related crimes.  Federal law in this area is complex, and the difference between a legal prescription are vague.  There are often misunderstandings under the law, and you may be charged with a drug crime even if you have a legal doctor’s prescription for the drug you are using or of which you are in possession.  This is why, if you have been charged or are under investigation for a prescription drug offense, you need the representation of a drug crime attorney who is familiar with the various defenses that are effective to battle these types of charges.


If you have been charged with, or believe you are under investigation for, a federal drug trafficking offense, call to schedule a free consultation with a drug crimes defense attorney in San Diego today.  Drug related crimes can, as noted above, can lead to serious criminal penalties.  The legal professionals as the law office of John D. Kirby have over forty years of federal drug crime experience and can build the best defense for your drug crime case.  Mr. Kirby handles drug cases nation-wide, and has defended cases in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, New Jersey and elsewhere around the nation.  Call us at 619-557-0100.

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