Skilled Representation Tailored To Your Needs

Drug trafficking laws: Understanding the risks and consequences

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2024 | Drug Violations

In Ohio, drug trafficking is taken very seriously. This crime can lead to severe consequences, so it is important to understand when the police can arrest someone for this offense. 

What constitutes drug trafficking in Ohio?

Many scenarios can constitute drug trafficking:

  • Possessing a certain quantity of illegal drugs, typically above personal use amounts.
  • Manufacturing, cultivating, or distributing controlled substances.
  • Selling or offering to sell unlawfully obtained drugs, including prescription medications.

Having drug paraphernalia associated with distribution, like large numbers of bags, scales, or other distribution tools, can also be cause for an arrest. These items suggest that drugs are being packaged and prepared for sale.

Factors leading to arrest

Police may arrest you if they find or suspect large quantities of drugs, cash, or packaging materials suggestive of drug distribution. They may also observe suspicious behavior, such as frequent visits to known drug locations, leading to an arrest.

Additionally, testimony from informants or witnesses can lead to an arrest if it indicates involvement in drug trafficking.

Legal ramifications

Drug trafficking is typically charged as a felony according to the Ohio Revised Code, carrying with it heavy fines and lengthy prison sentences.

Penalties may increase if the trafficking occurs near certain locations, such as schools or parks, or involves minors.

Authorities may take assets thought to be associated with drug trafficking, such as money, vehicles, and property.

Understanding when the police can arrest you for drug charges is essential for protecting your rights and navigating the legal system. Know your rights so you can effectively fight this charge.