Five Arrested In Drug Trafficking Ring

Five Arrested In Drug Trafficking RingWhen a person is in possession of small amounts of drugs, it is often decriminalized. However, when an organization has dozens of pounds of various drugs in its possession, it becomes a serious problem. It is not uncommon for multiple law enforcement agencies to investigate the situation.

The Gainesville Police Department’s Drug Task Force unit dismantled a local drug trafficking organization after investigating it for five months. The organization, known as “Billy Blood,” was known for selling cocaine, marijuana, fentanyl, molly, and prescription medications.

Police issued eight residential search warrants within the city of Gainesville, Alachua County, and Lake County. Officers seized half a kilogram of cocaine, 1 kilogram of molly, 17.2 pounds of marijuana, and various prescription medications.

They also seized 8.1 grams of fentanyl, which is enough to kill more than 2,000 people. In total, the street value of the drugs was close to $54,000. A dozen firearms and $40,000 in cash were also seized by law enforcement. Two of the firearms were reported stolen.

Six people were arrested and there are still several warrants out for other members of “Billy Blood.” Many of those arrested had prior criminal records. They had been arrested for crimes such as assault, drug trafficking, and theft.

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What is Drug Trafficking?

Under Florida law, drug trafficking is defined as the sale, manufacture, delivery, or transportation of a certain amount of drugs. The minimum trafficking amounts will vary depending on the type of drug. They include:

  • Marijuana. Possession of at least 25 pounds of marijuana or 300 cannabis plants
  • Cocaine. At least 28 grams
  • Fentanyl. At least 4 grams
  • Hydrocodone. At least 4 grams
  • Oxycodone. At least 4 grams
  • Opium. At least 4 grams
  • Amphetamine. At least 14 grams
  • Morphine. At least 4 grams
  • Phencyclidine. At least 28 grams
  • Methaqualone. At least 200 grams

The penalties for drug trafficking also depend on the amount of drugs in possession. For example, 28 to 200 grams of cocaine can result in three years in prison and a $50,000 fine. For 400 grams to 150 kilograms, though, the penalties are 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Some drugs can result in 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. So as you can see, drug trafficking is no laughing matter. If you have been arrested, seek legal help right away.

Contact Us Today

Many people get involved in drug trafficking in order to make money, but are the possible legal consequences worth it? Such a crime can mean hefty fines and many years in prison.

The experienced Orlando criminal defense lawyers at HAWM Law can help you get the best outcome possible after an arrest. We understand that the solution for every client is different, so it is important to have an attorney when it matters. Schedule a consultation with our office today or call (407) 802-3223.

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