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White Plains Drug Trafficking Lawyer

There are multiple federal law enforcement agencies that are focused on eliminating the drug trade, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). These agencies devote enormous financial resources and manpower to arresting those involved in drug trafficking and shutting down drug trafficking operations. If you are facing charges for distributing, selling, or transporting illicit substances, you likely are extremely worried about your future. These fears are justified because federal law enforcement agencies are aggressive in pursuing drug trafficking rings. Our experienced New York drug trafficking attorneys can explain your rights, your sentencing exposure, and the federal court process, so the situation is more understandable.

You Need a NY Federal Drug Trafficking Attorney Today!

If you are currently a target or suspect of an investigation into drug trafficking, you need an attorney before you are contacted by federal agents. When this confrontation occurs, you might be asked to agree to a search of your residence with dozens of federal agents at your door. The DEA or FBI already may have tapped your telephone line. At Greco ♦ Neyland, PC, our experienced drug trafficking attorneys have the skill and tenacity that is indispensable when you are facing federal drug trafficking charges in the Southern District or Eastern District of New York. We are former prosecutors who have represented clients charged with serious drug offenses in Federal Court, including drug trafficking in the federal courtrooms of New York, as well as other states.

When you are facing a situation spearheaded by a federal prosecutor in a drug trafficking case, you likely will be facing a significant mandatory minimum term. New York drug trafficking defense lawyers Jeffery Greco and Dustan Neyland have experience dissecting the law enforcement procedures used by federal agents to expose constitutional violations. Their extensive experience in the federal courtrooms of New York means that they also are familiar with the nuances of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Federal Evidentiary Rules, and other aspects of federal cases that differ radically from state court.

Potential Penalties for Drug Trafficking in New York Federal Court

Drug trafficking charges will be pursued in cases involving a large quantity of the drug in question. A defendant will be charged with drug trafficking of marijuana, for example, if the amount of marijuana is 1,000 kilograms or 1,000 marijuana plants. Any person convicted of trafficking a Schedule I or Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substance Act will be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in a federal penitentiary. A brief overview of the classification of Schedule I and Schedule II drugs are:

  • Schedule I drugs are considered to be the most dangerous drugs, with a high risk of addiction. Examples of Schedule I drugs include: marijuana, LSD, and ecstasy. This category of drugs also is considered to have no legitimate medical use.
  • Schedule II drugs are also considered highly dangerous and addictive, but to a lesser degree than Category I drugs. Examples of Category II drugs include methamphetamine, cocaine, oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, and methadone. While Schedule II drugs are heavily regulated, they are considered to have some medical use.

Conviction of a drug trafficking offense, including possession with intent to distribute, distribution, manufacture, importation, and exportation carry the following harsh penalties:

 

Drug Amount Fine Imprisonment
 

 

Heroin 1 kilogram or more $10 million 10 years to life
Crack (Cocaine Base) 280 grams or more $10 million 10 years to life
PCP 100 grams or more $10 million 10 years to life
Methamphetamine 50 grams or 500 grams or more of a mixture $10 million 10 years to life

These are just a few example of the ruinous fines and lengthy prison terms that you might be exposed to in a federal drug trafficking case. Sentencing in federal court is extremely complex because the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (“Guidelines”) are riddled with exceptions. The Guidelines also include consideration of a range of factors that can adjust a sentence up or down. However, federal judges do not have discretion to disregard the Guidelines or mandatory minimums. When you could be sentenced to decades or even life in federal prison, you need experienced drug trafficking defense attorneys who are skilled in investigating law enforcement tactics and analyzing the evidence in your case as soon as possible.

Zealous Defense to Charges of Drug Trafficking

Our attorneys at Greco Neyland, PC have represented many defendants in serious drug cases in Federal Court, including individuals charged with drug trafficking offenses. For your convenience, our offices are located close to the Southern District Federal Courthouse and the Eastern District Federal Courthouse. Please call us today at (914) 358-9146 or click here to schedule your free consultation, so we can start fighting for you.