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.
|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:
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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