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Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is synonymous with the business of a drug

distribution. It connotes an organized and possibly profitable
drug distribution network. It is more than the street sales or
supplying recreational users. Trafficking is usually at the
wholesale level providing a larger quantity that is more than
the average user.

A trafficker may be connected to an organization that has one

or more sources of drugs. The organization could have ties to
a source could be outside the country, but not necessarily as
long as someone has the ties to the source of drugs. A drug
trafficking network usually has ties to multiple distribution
networks that can distribute narcotics quickly, without
detection, and return a profit for the investment. A drug
trafficking offense can also be charged as a drug conspiracy.

Trafficking is a legal term recognized in federal and state

criminal drug statutes. Because the statute prohibiting drug
distribution is the same for trafficking, the penalties are
the same. The penalties for a drug trafficking violation will
be driven primarily by the amount of drugs that a person is
responsible for distributing.

Drug trafficking can involve any controlled substance.

Commonly associated with cocaine, trafficking can include
marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, ecstacy,
methamphetamine, and hashish to name a few.

Acquiring evidence
A drug trafficking conviction requires proof beyond a
reasonable doubt that the accused knowingly possessed the
illegal drug and that he did so with the intent to distribute

A drug trafficking prosecution may include many tools used by

law enforcement. Wiretap evidence is one type of tool. This
electronic eavesdropping allows the investigating agents to
listen in on phone calls for information and collect evidence
of drug activity. It also works to provide intelligence of an
impending transaction and law enforcement may use that
information to make seizures. A legal wiretap requires a court
issued warrant. Federal law requires the law enforcement to
take certain steps before a court will issue a wiretap
warrant. Wiretap warrants may be challenged in federal court
as a motion to suppress the wiretap in violation of the Fourth
Amendment. If the motion is granted, the court will suppress
the evidence obtained by the warrant. Any person who is
charged and whose conversation is used against them can file a
motion to suppress.

Another tool may be visual or recorded surveillance of a

suspect or the suspect’s house and car. This kind of
electronic surveillance does not require court issued warrant.
If an undercover informant is involved in the investigation,
there will likely be audio tape recordings. Undercover
informants working for the law enforcement can often be used
to infiltrate a drug trafficking organization and gather
evidence for use in court.

Drug trafficking offenses are serious charges that require the

highest quality legal representation. Ken Swartz is a Miami
criminal defense lawyer who is a Florida Board certified
expert in criminal trial law. He has many years of experience
representing hundreds of cases involving persons charged with
drug trafficking offenses. If you or someone you know is
accused of a drug-related charge and facing incarceration and
the loss of personal assets by forfeiture, whether in federal
or state court, call Swartz Law Firm to schedule a
consultation with an experienced, board certified criminal
trial attorney.

Drug Trafficking - Cause and Effect

Drug Trafficking It has been said, “The lack of money is the
root of all evil”, drug trafficking is no exception. Drug
trafficking, the act of selling and distributing substances
which are subject to drug prohibition laws, is one of the
largest employer in the world. In the recent years, drug
trafficking in Vietnam has became more complex. Since Vietnam
is located in the “Golden Triangle” region, one of Asia’s two
main opium producing areas that overlaps the mountain of
Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. It is a very convenient location
for drug traffickers to distribute drugs to the third country.
A few months ago, a Thai woman and a Nigerian man were
sentenced to death for transporting drugs into the country,
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Just like Vietnam, the drugs law in Iran is also very tough.
Recently, two female Iranian drug mules are sentenced to death
for drug trafficking.

Latin America is a vital zone for drug production and

trafficking. Colombia, Peru and Bolivia are the world’s main
cocaine producers, while Central America, Mexico and the
Caribbean have become the principal corridors for transporting
drugs into the United States and Europe. Drug trafficking in
Mexico began as a response to U.S.A opium demand. Drug
traffickers in Mexico have become so powerful that they are
able to control the official institutions whose purpose is to
fight them. The office of Mexico's Attorney General releases a
statement saying that nearly 13,000 people were killed in drug
violence between January and September 2011. This pushes the
death toll from December 2006 to September 2011 to a minimum of
47,000 people killed. Vietnam and Iran, according to Mexican
law, the trafficking of drugs will be sent to prison for 25
years. As a result, the countries of these regions have
suffered various consequences of drug trafficking. There has
been a rapidly increasing amount of violence, corruption, and
human rights violations.