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Florida Cocaine Laws

Florida's geographic location has long made it a popular location for importing drugs. But perhaps no other drug has shaped the region the way cocaine has. Cocaine and cocaine-related money came pouring into South Florida in the 1980s and some estimate it helped build 80% of the downtown Miami skyline. Pablo Escobar, Manuel Noriega and ruthless cocaine cartels have had a hand in shaping Florida's history.

Against this backdrop, it's no surprise that possession of cocaine is a serious offense in the Sunshine State. Possession of more than 28 grams of cocaine is considered trafficking and a first-degree felony.  That said, first-time cocaine offenders with small amounts of the drug can sometimes qualify for diversion programs.

The basic provisions of Florida cocaine laws are listed in the table below. See FindLaw's Drug Charges section and Details on State Cocaine Laws to learn more.

Code Section 775.082 to .084; 893.01, et seq.
Possession 3rd degree felony; Possession of 28 g. is trafficking (1st degree felony)
Sale 2nd degree felony (penalties more severe near school)

All sentencing is to be done pursuant to sentencing guidelines:

  • 28-200 g.: $50,000 and 3 yrs.;
  • 200-400 g.: $100,000 and 7 yrs.;
  • 400 g.-150 kg.: 15 yrs. and $250,000;
  • Over 150 kg.: Potential life imprisonment

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Florida criminal attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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