Pile of pillsHave you been charged with trafficking of a controlled substance in South Florida? Are you afraid of being labeled as a criminal but know that you are not? You have come to the right place. Rossen Law Firm has extensive experience in defending those who have been charged with a drug crime and know they are good people. 

What is the Trafficking of a Controlled Substance Crime?

Trafficking of a controlled substance is the intentional sale, purchase, manufacture, delivery, possession, or transportation of the “trafficking amount” (the amount of the controlled substance that determines a possession charge vs. a trafficking charge) of prescription medication, illegal drug, or any other banned substance that has the potential to be illegally used. 

The most common controlled substances that people are often charged with controlled substance trafficking crimes include: 

  • Trafficking of Oxycodone (also known as Percocet)
  • Trafficking of Hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin)
  • Trafficking of  Xanax
  • Trafficking of Valium
  • Trafficking of MDMA (also known as Molly or Ecstasy)
  • Trafficking of Synthetic Drugs (synthetic marijuana, bath salts, spice, etc.)

Criminal trafficking of a controlled substance in South Florida occurs whenever a person possesses a drug or other controlled substance with the intent to manufacture and deliver it to make a profit. 


The consequences of trafficking of a controlled substance in Fort Lauderdale differ a great deal depending on the drug or substance you are caught trafficking and how much you were attempting to transport or deliver. The state of Florida penalizes possession, manufacturing, and trafficking of controlled substances very harshly. Florida has serious penalties even if you are found with the minimum amount of a controlled substance to classify as a trafficking crime.

If you are caught trafficking between 50 grams to 100 grams of hydrocodone, for example, the crime has consequences of a mandatory minimum term of 7 years in prison, and fines of up to $100,000.

If you are caught trafficking between 400 grams to 30 kilograms of MDMA (ecstasy/molly), the crime of trafficking MDMA (ecstasy/molly) has the consequence of a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in prison, and fines of up to $500,000.

Find the legal definition of trafficking on our drug crime page.

Learn about more Florida Drug Crime Penalties here.


Facing criminal charges on your own in South Florida is difficult, especially when those charges are for trafficking of a controlled substance. It is important we act quickly together because with a high level of evidence against you, a prosecutor can seek out the harshest sentence for your charge. 

Here at Rossen Law Firm we can fight and defend for the lowest charge and best outcome possible on your case – this is something that you cannot do on your own. 

We work as a team. You will never hear us say “we are the attorneys”. We understand this is your life and you have a say in any route we take for combatting your trafficking of a controlled substance charge or allegation.

Trafficking of a Controlled Substance Defenses in Fort Lauderdale

Illegal Search and Seizure: This defense can be used if law enforcement officers use their power incorrectly and illegally require individuals to submit to a vehicle, home, or body search. If Rossen Law Firm can prove that police illegally searched you, we can file what is called a “motion to suppress” to the clerk, and the courts will suppress the evidence as having been illegally collected for your charge of trafficking of a controlled substance. 

Entrapment: Entrapment refers to when a law enforcement agent or an agent of the state purposefully induces someone to commit a crime that he or she otherwise would not have been likely or willing to commit. If a police officer was consistently harassing you and convinced you to commit the crime of trafficking of a controlled substance the defense of entrapment can be used as a complete defense for the crime. 

Lack of Knowledge: In order for an individual to be charged with the crime of possession of a controlled substance, the State must prove that the accused had knowledge of the possession. Without that proof, the defense of lack of knowledge can be used and serve as a complete defense to the crime of possession. For example, if you had no knowledge drugs were in your possession when you went on a trip with them across the border on the way home from your vacation in Canada, lack of knowledge can be a valid defense to prove your innocence of the controlled substance trafficking crime. Drug traffickers oftentimes deceive innocent people into moving their drugs. If you had no knowledge of the presence of the drugs, this defense might defeat the charges.

Free Trafficking of a Controlled Substance Crime Criminal Defense Strategy Session in Fort Lauderdale 

If you have been charged with trafficking of a controlled substance in South Florida, you have met your defense attorney match! We are passionate about working hard for our clients and attaining successful results. 

We offer FREE strategy sessions and answer any pressing questions you have regarding your case free of charge. Give us a call today.


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