What are the Major Federal Drug Trafficking Crimes?
Federal drug crimes are very numerous. The pure drug charges are often mixed with conspiracy and money laundering counts as well.
There are several federal statutes that define drug crimes in the United States including:
21 U.S. Code § 841: This statute makes it unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance ¹.
18 U.S. Code § 1956: This statute criminalizes money laundering related to drug trafficking.
18 U.S. Code § 1957: This statute criminalizes engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity, including drug trafficking.
21 U.S. Code § 846: This statute makes it unlawful to conspire to commit a drug offense.
21 U.S. Code § 844: This statute makes it unlawful to possess a controlled substance.
The penalties for drug offenses depend on many factors. These include the type of drug, the quantity, the presence of weapons with the drugs, your role in the offense (leader, follower)
Federal drug offenses require expert criminal representation by experienced federal criminal defense attorneys. We have extensive experience defending federal drug crimes. Contact Daniel Horowitz for help.