Out of all the drug crimes, Massachusetts treats drug trafficking as the most serious. If you are found guilty of drug trafficking, your required sentence will depend on the type and the amount of the drug. There are mandatory terms of jail time for trafficking in marijuana, cocaine and other offshoots of coca leaves, and heroin, morphine, and opium (including derivatives and salts).
In order to obtain a conviction for drug trafficking, the Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly or intentionally manufactured, distributed, dispensed, or cultivated a minimum amount of marijuana or knowingly or intentionally manufactured, distributed or dispensed a minimum amount of the other listed drugs. Possession with intent to do any of the actions listed above is also included, along with bringing the minimum amount of the specified drugs into the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts works to deter the crime of selling drugs and the accompanying crimes committed to fund addictions.
The policy behind drug trafficking crimes imposes a higher penalty for higher quantities of progressively dangerous drugs. Due to the complexity of drug trafficking crimes and the severity of the imposed sentence, it is essential to hire an experienced attorney in defending your case.