Trafficking in Marijuana
Marijuana Trafficking Offense in Las Vegas, Nevada (NRS 453.559)
If you have been arrested for marijuana trafficking in Las Vegas, you need aggressive, experienced defense counsel on your side. These are not charges you should handle alone. Contact LV Criminal Defense as soon as possible to begin your defense.
What is the legal definition of marijuana trafficking in Nevada?
Cannabis trafficking is the name given to any drug crime in Nevada that involves more than 100 pounds of marijuana. This means that any of the following Nevada crimes increase to a trafficking charge if more than 100 pounds of marijuana is involved:
Simple possession and possession with intent to sell are lesser-included offenses of the Nevada crime of marijuana trafficking, which means you cannot be charged with all three in the same case.
What is the penalty for marijuana trafficking in Las Vegas?
Like other weed crimes, the penalty for trafficking marijuana in Nevada depends on the amount involved.
- Amounts of marijuana between 100 pounds and 2,000 pounds can result in up to 5 years in a Nevada prison and $25,000 in fines
- Up to 10,000 pounds of marijuana can bring up to 20 years in prison and $50,000 in fines and
- Over 10,000 pounds of marijuana can bring up to a life sentence with the possibility of parole after five years. The fines are incredibly expensive at up to $200,000.
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These prison sentences and fines are the same whether the crime is trafficking or possession with intent to sell cannabis. They reflect the “war on drugs” mentality of law enforcement to prosecute and punish everyone for drugs involving pot, whether a personal, recreational user or a big time drug dealer.
There are defenses to marijuana trafficking in Nevada and your Las Vegas marijuana defense lawyer is in the best position to present those defenses to the court. A successful defense can prove that the drugs were not yours or under your control, or that in reality, less than 100 pounds was found. Your lawyer may also discover that the police improperly searched the place where the drugs were found. In any of these situations, the charges against you should be reduced or dropped. This prevents a felony record that will follow you throughout your life.
If you have been arrested for trafficking marijuana in Nevada, or for other crimes involving marijuana, contact LV Criminal Defense as soon as possible.