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Drug Trafficking Charges In Oklahoma — It All Depends On The Quantity


Under Oklahoma’s Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act, a simple drug possession or drug distribution charge will automatically elevate to a drug trafficking charge if the amount of the controlled substance found in possession exceeds specific quantities.

Drugs And Quantities That Will Trigger A Trafficking Charge

Here is a breakdown of the types of controlled substances (including prescription drugs) and their quantities that will trigger a drug trafficking charge:

25 pounds of marijuana

28 grams of cocaine

5 grams of cocaine base (crack)

10 grams of heroin
20 grams of methamphetamine
1 gram of LSD
20 grams of PCP
1,000 grams of morphine
400 grams of oxycodone
3750 grams of hydrocodone
500 grams of benzodiazepine

Drug Trafficking Penalties

The penalties for a drug trafficking offense will depend on the type of drug and quantity found. Fines ranging from $25k to $500k are possible. Prison term sentences range from up to 20 years for a first offense and up to life with 2 or more prior felony convictions. The larger the quantity, typically the steeper the consequences.

Quantities That Will Elevate The Charge To Aggravated Drug Trafficking

An individual is likely to face an aggravated drug trafficking charge if high quantities of a controlled substance are found. They include:

1,000 pounds or more of marijuana
450 grams or more of cocaine
28 grams or more of heroin
450 grams or more of methamphetamine
10 grams or more of LSD
150 grams or more of PCP

Aggravated Drug Trafficking Penalties

Aggravated trafficking is a violent crime and an 85% crime. Certain crimes are referred to as 85% crimes because people convicted of these offenses are required to serve no less than 85% of any sentence of imprisonment prior to becoming eligible for consideration for parole. They are not eligible for earned credits or any other type of credits that have the effect of reducing the length of the sentence to less than 85% of the sentence imposed.

I-40 Drug Trafficking Arrests

Authorities often target major highways like I-35 and I-40 when searching for people who could potentially be transporting drugs across the country. One of the most common highways for drug trafficking cases is I-40, which dissects Oklahoma from East to West. Officers in Caddo County, Canadian County, Custer County, and Oklahoma County routinely are notorious for targeting drivers traveling on I-40.

Due to the increased efforts to tackle drug trafficking routes, particularly amid the overdose fatalities associated with prescription drug use, prosecutors will not hesitate to prosecute to the full extent of the law.

Oklahoma Panhandle Drug Trafficking Cases

With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, the amount of marijuana pouring into Oklahoma, predominantly through the panhandle (Cimarron County, Texas County, Beaver County) has exploded over the past few years. As a result, the number of Trafficking, Aggravated Trafficking, and Possession with Intent to Distribute charges have dramatically increased as well.

Our office is one of the few law firms that regularly accepts cases in Boise City (Cimarron County), Guymon (Texas County) and Beaver (Beaver County).  

How Our Criminal Defense Team Can Help You Or Your Loved One

At the Swain Law Group, based in Norman, our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys knows the law and what police can and cannot do.

Authorities have been known to conduct unreasonable search and seizures of vehicles and personal belongings in violation of Fourth Amendment constitutional rights. They illegally confiscate drugs or paraphernalia and attempt to use them to convict individuals.

Case law is also constantly evolving across the country, especially when it comes to search and seizure laws. The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Rodriguez v. United States in 2015 has been an important tool for our office when it comes to fighting searches in drug cases across Oklahoma.

Our team of lawyers is here to make sure any evidence unlawfully obtained is thrown out and never used against you.

You have rights. We are here to protect them — and mitigate repercussions you or your loved one could face. Call 405-546-1292 to find out how our team can help.

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