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Drug Trafficking Bail Bonds

Drug trafficking is among the most serious crimes prosecuted in Florida. Florida Statute § 893.195 states a person can be charged with trafficking when they “knowingly sell, purchase, manufacture, deliver, or brings into the state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of …” a drug. Because a conviction of drug trafficking carries harsh criminal penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and fines, it’s important to contact an experienced bonding agency, such as Roundtree Bonding Agency, immediately. The sooner a friend or family member is able to secure their release from jail, the sooner they can begin working with a lawyer.

Drug Trafficking Charges In Florida

A person can be charged with drug trafficking if they have a certain amount or more of a controlled substance in their possession. These controlled substances are commonly listed in drug trafficking charges:

  • Cocaine: 28 grams;
  • Marijuana: 25 pounds or 300 plants;
  • GHB: 1 kilogram;
  • Hydrocodone: 14 grams;
  • MDMA (Ecstasy): 10 grams;
  • Fentanyl: 4 grams;
  • LSD: 1 gram; and
  • Oxycodone: 7 grams.

Penalties For Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is a first-degree felony in Florida. The penalties range in length of possible prison term and amount of fines depending on the drug involved. The prison terms listed are the mandatory minimum sentence.

Cocaine

  • 28 grams to 200 grams: 3 years in prison and $50,000 fine;
  • 200 grams to 400 grams: 7 years in prison and $100,000 fine;
  • 400 grams to 150 kilograms: 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

Fentanyl

  • 4 grams to 14 grams: 3 years in prison and $50,000 fine;
  • 14 grams to 28 grams: 15 years in prison and $100,000 fine;
  • 28 grams to 30 kilograms: 25 years in prison and $500,000 fine.

GHB

  • 1 kilogram to 5 kilograms: 3 years in prison and $50,000 fine;
  • 5 kilograms to 10 kilograms: 7 years in prison and $100,000 fine;
  • 10 kilograms or more: 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

Hydrocodone

  • 14 grams to 28 grams: 3 years in prison and $50,000 fine;
  • 28 grams to 50 grams: 7 years in prison and $100,000 fine;
  • 50 grams to 200 grams: 15 years in prison and $500,000 fine;
  • 200 grams to 30 kilograms: 25 years in prison and $750,000 fine.

LSD

  • 1 gram to 5 grams: 3 years in prison and $50,000 fine;
  • 5 grams to 7 grams: 7 years in prison and $100,000 fine;
  • 7 grams or more: 15 years in prison and $500,000 fine.

Marijuana

  • 25 pounds to 2,000 pounds: 3 years in prison and $25,000 fine;
  • 2,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds: 7 years in prison and $50,000 fine;
  • 10,000 pounds or more: 15 years in prison and $200,000 fine.

MDMA

  • 10 grams to 200 grams: 3 years in prison and $50,000 fine;
  • 200 grams to 400 grams: 7 years in prison and $100,000 fine;
  • 400 grams or more: 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

Oxycodone

  • 7 grams to 14 grams: 3 years in prison and $50,000 fine;
  • 14 grams to 25 grams: 7 years in prison and $100,000 fine;
  • 25 grams to 100 grams: 15 years in prison and $500,000 fine;
  • 100 grams to 30 kilograms: 25 years in prison and $750,000 fine.

How To Get A Bail Bond For Drug Trafficking

The majority of bail bonds for drug trafficking are set significantly higher than other drug charges because of the increased flight risk due to the associated mandatory minimum sentences. It’s not uncommon for a bail amount in these cases to be six figures.

A bonding agent with Roundtree Bonding Agency can help you obtain a bail bond for a friend or family member facing drug trafficking charges.

Cosigning For A Drug Trafficking Bail Bond

The decision to be a cosigner for bail bond in Florida isn’t to be taken lightly. The cosigner is the indemnitor and guarantees their friend or family member will appear at all required court dates. A 10 percent fee — 10 percent of the total bond amount — is paid to the bail bond company, such as Roundtree Bonding Agency. If the friend or family member flees, the cosigner is responsible for either getting them to appear in court or pay the full bond amount. For drug trafficking bail bonds, this can be a financially crippling amount, as the cosigner has essentially committed to repay the loan for the bond in full.

Bail Bond Company In Gainesville, FL

Since 1956, Roundtree Bonding Agency has written bail bonds throughout North and Central Florida. We stand out among bonding agencies with our professional approach to the bonding process. When you contact us, we'll always make sure everyone involved has a clear understanding of the responsibilities. To learn more about drug trafficking bail bonds, contact Roundtree Bonding Agency today!