By: SOL Recovery Center 02 Jun 2016

Stereotypes come to be for many reasons, and while some may hold some clout, there are those which need to be discarded, one such stereotype being that regarding drug traffickers. A drug trafficker is someone who buys, sells, manufactures, owns, or delivers a substance classified as illegal.

Typically, when people consider drug traffickers, they instantly think of Mafia-related notorieties, forgetting the average Joe who may feel as though they’ve hit rock bottom, and would do next to anything for some cash to get by. It has become increasingly more common to have the person you least expect trafficking drugs.

Consequences

Drug trafficking is usually punished with first-degree felony charges, however, the penalties issued vary from one state to the next – an average minimum of ten years. The type of offense – federal or state crime – as well as the number of drugs seized, and the class in which the drug was categorized usually play a part in determining the extent of the punishment applied. Incarceration may also be compounded with cumbersome fines, as low as a few thousand dollars, and sometimes soaring to the millions.

There are further disadvantages other than imprisonment to be experienced as a drug trafficker. Incarceration brings with it the loss of all of their rights as a citizen, therefore, making their life very limited from being unable to vote to an injunction being placed on their travel. In the event that the trafficker in question is not a citizen, this may result in deportation either before, or after their sentence has been served. In the future, this charge will also hinder their return to the U.S., thus automatically barring them for citizenship within the U.S.

As you can see, being charged with drug trafficking is no walk in the park. To that end, it is pertinent that you take care in your daily dealings. Be cognizant of the people you surround yourself with lest you find yourself with a charge of trafficking you actually had nothing to do with.

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