The Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking task force arrested five people and seized about five 23 pounds of Methamphetamine during operations in Haines City. Many times, when a charge of methamphetamine is brought, a charge of conspiracy to distribute will also be brought. When dealing with drug crimes of any level, one needs to obtain an experienced attorney to help one understand one’s many rights and defenses.
Conspiracy is commonly characterized as an accord of two or more people to commit a crime. Jacksonville conspiracy crimes may range from financial conspiracies and tax fraud to something as complex as a major weight drug sale operation in a local neighborhood. The most commonly prosecuted conspiracy crimes in Jacksonville and federal court are crimes of conspiracy to distribute drugs, particularly marijuana, ecstasy, and methamphetamine. However, many of these conspiracies now are broad-scale theft crimes.
Methamphetamine – crystal meth or meth – is a manufactured substance produced from D-methamphetamine, a stimulant that acts on the body’s central nervous system. Although Methamphetamine is not a physically addictive substance, it is highly psychologically addictive, according to government research, and has the capability of causing significant bodily harm, especially over long periods of use.
Over-the-counter cold remedies are among the ingredients that can be used to produce meth, making the means of manufacture available on a widespread basis and increasing the likelihood of greater use and distribution. The major suppliers, Mexican trafficking groups who are producing methamphetamine on an unprecedented scale, have been targeted by law enforcement, ending in major seizures, some being reported up to 3.5 metric tons of pseudoephedrine (the primary precursor chemical used in the production of methamphetamine) in one seizure.
Typically, larger meth labs are usually run by groups of organized criminals intending to produce the meth for distribution on street corners and Jacksonville neighborhoods. Smaller labs can be run by individual chemists working clandestinely in order to synthesize smaller amounts of controlled substances.
In most Jacksonville meth cases, the legal system will look down on the accused rather harshly because of the seriousness and danger associated with the act taking place and the consequences of the action should unfortunate day comes that the meth lab explodes, leaving not only a gaping in hole in one’s own future, but a gaping hole in the neighboring houses around the meth lab.
Unfortunately, there is no good outcome to a conviction of methamphetamine possession. The penalties for possession of even small amounts could be damaging to one’s reputation, lifestyle and livelihood, but when the quantity possessed is higher, the penalties can be devastating. The fines and mandatory minimum sentences for possession of methamphetamines are much higher than other crimes in Florida.
Possessing 14 grams or more of methamphetamines, amphetamines, or the chemicals used in manufacturing the drug is considered felony trafficking in Florida. Depending on the quantity in a case, penalties for a conviction range from a mandatory minimum 3-year incarceration and a $50,000 fine to 15 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. If one is accused of manufacturing or bringing into Florida more than 400 grams, knowing that bringing these drugs would likely causes someone’s death, may expose one to being charged with a capital felony, punishable by life imprisonment or death.
If one obtains an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney to fight for one’s case, one can ensure that one’s rights are protected, that one will have the best defense possible to fight one’s charge, and that one will be able to get the help one needs to be free of the drug and be able to get back to one’s life before the drugs ever entered the picture.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Five people arrested in Polk County drug investigation, TBO.com