If you are charged with drug possession, the penalties can be very severe. For instance, if you are charged with trafficking in cocaine between 18-36 grams, the potential penalty includes a 2 year mandatory minimum state prison sentence with a maximum 15 year prison sentence, and a potential fine ranging from $2,500-$25,000. Similarly, if found guilty of trafficking in cocaine between 36-100 grams, there is a 3.5 year mandatory minimum state prison sentence with a maximum 20 year sentence, and a potential fine from $5,000-$50,000. The penalties continue to increase as the amounts involved increase.
Additionally, in order to prove trafficking in cocaine, the government need only show that the person (1) knowingly or intentionally (2) possessed, actually or constructively, (3) a specified amount(4) of cocaine (5) with the intent to distribute it (or actually distributed it in the specified amount). M.G.L.A. c. 94C, § 32E(a), (b), (c).
As a result, if you find yourself or someone you know facing a trafficking or any drug possessory crime, contact a drug possession attorney who knows how to advocate for you. Time is of the essence.