Some of the most serious drug crimes in Georgia relate to drug trafficking, or the manufacturing, sale and distribution of large amounts of controlled substances. Five people are now facing drug trafficking charges after $1 million worth of cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy were found in two separate seizures in the Georgia area. Three of the people were arrested when their vehicle was stopped by police and a large number ecstasy pills were found in the vehicle. The other two people were arrested after police found them in a semitrailer with significant amounts of cocaine and marijuana, as well as $20,000 in cash.
In Georgia, controlled substances are classified into schedules based on how likely it is that someone would abuse it or become dependent on it, as well as whether the drug has an accepted medical use. For example, Schedule I drugs (e.g. heroin) are the most dangerous and have no medicinal value. On the other hand, it is unlikely that someone would get addicted to or abuse Schedule V drugs (e.g. over the counter medications), and they have an accepted medical use.
Possession of a Schedule I to II drug is typically a more serious crime than possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V drug. However, the severity of the consequences will depend on a number of factors including the number of prior convictions, the amount of drugs found, where they were found, and the type of drugs found. Drug trafficking charges generally require proving that the person had intent to sell the drugs in their possession.
Drug charges can result in many years in prison, and have a serious effect on your life once you are out of prison. Consult with a criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of your case and to discuss possible defense strategies.