The Serious Consequences of a Methamphetamine Charge
The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) recently completed a large drug bust that infiltrated a significant methamphetamine trafficking ring throughout central Florida. As reported in the Orlando Sentinel, the bust resulted from months of surveillance and investigations that began after the release of a convicted methamphetamine trafficker. Upon receiving a tip, investigators reportedly began following him with the intention of identifying his drug source. According to the article, MBI agents watched the suspect buy several pounds of pure methamphetamine. He then allegedly delivered specific quantities throughout several counties in the region. Law enforcement agents report that the drugs had a total street value of about $20,000 per pound. After the initial distribution, the recipients reportedly divided the methamphetamine into smaller quantities and sold it on the streets.
At least 10 people have been arrested in relation to the investigation, according to the newspaper article. Some of the pending charges include trafficking, racketeering and conspiracy to traffic. MBI agents reportedly expect at least six more arrests.
Facts About Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is highly addictive, which leads to its classification as a Schedule II drug. Meth is also referred to as crystal meth, ice or glass. Users ingest the drug through injection or by snorting it into the nose. They may also swallow it or smoke it from a glass pipe.
There are various short and long term effects of meth usage, including:
Short Term Effects
- An increase in energy;
- Rapid weight loss;
- Elevation in blood pressure and pulse;
- Nausea; and
- Feelings of extreme euphoria.
Effects of Chronic Use
- Increased tolerance requiring additional amounts of meth for the same effect;
- Severe tooth decay;
- Psychosis; and
- Withdrawal symptoms.
Florida Methamphetamine Laws
The state statute classifies possession of less than 14 grams as a third degree felony. Individuals who are caught with 14 grams or more are charged with drug trafficking. It is also important to note that this classification is based on the weight of the total methamphetamine mixture and not just pure methamphetamine.
The highest possible penalty for a methamphetamine possession conviction is five years imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine. In addition, the state revokes the driving privileges of a convicted party for a period of one year.
- For a drug trafficking conviction between 14 grams and 28 grams, the mandatory prison sentence is three years.
- For a drug trafficking conviction between 28 grams and 200 grams, the mandatory minimum sentence is seven years imprisonment.
- For a drug trafficking conviction between 28 grams and 30 kilograms, the mandatory minimum sentence is 25 years imprisonment.
- A conviction involving an amount higher than 30 kilograms results in life imprisonment.
If you or a loved one is facing methamphetamine possession or trafficking charges within the state of Florida, our Miami lawyers can provide you with an aggressive defense. Contact Ratzan & Faccidomo, LLC today at (305) 330-3905 for a confidential and free consultation.