Dry and trimmed cannabis budsMarijuana is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs nationwide and in Florida. Marijuana and is distributed and sold which violates many state and federal drug laws.

If you were arrested for trafficking marijuana, or for your involvement in the cultivation, manufacturing, or sale of marijuana – we’re here to help. 

We fight for your freedom, rights, and to minimize your possible consequences for federal marijuana trafficking charges in South Florida. Reach out to our skilled South Florida federal drug attorneys today

What is a Federal Marijuana Trafficking Crime in South Florida? 

Federal Marijuana Trafficking is a federal crime for those who are found in possession of certain amounts of marijuana and have crossed state lines with the Marijuana. The amount of marijuana you’re found in possession of determines if it’s a trafficking charge and the level of the crime you face.

The legal definition of Marijuana Trafficking under federal law is: intentionally possessing marijuana with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense it. Both the amount you have on you and whether or not you crossed state lines determines whether or not it classifies as a federal marijuana trafficking offense.

The federal statue (21 USC 844) prohibits the possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs – including marijuana – by federal law. 


If you are caught with a trafficking amount of Marijuana – or any other illegal substances – in Fort Lauderdale, you may face penalties including prison terms and extreme fines. 

Federal Marijuana Trafficking can put you away for many years, even if it’s only your first or second offense.

First-Offense Federal Marijuana Trafficking Penalties:

  • If you’re found possessing either 50 kilograms or less of marijuana (and have traveled across state lines) …
  • You’re looking at up to 5 years in federal prison.
  • You could face fines ranging from about $250,000 all the way to $1 million if someone else was also involved in the crime. 

Second-Offense Federal Marijuana Trafficking Penalties:

  • If you’re found possessing either 1,000 kilograms of marijuana or 1,000 or more marijuana plants (and have traveled across state lines)
  • You could be looking at up to 20 years, or even 40 years, in federal prison. 
  • You could also face fines ranging from $20 million all the way up to $ 75 million if another person was involved in Federal Crime of Trafficking of Marijuana over state lines.

Federal Marijuana Trafficking penalties only get more severe and serious depending on the amount of marijuana that you have in your possession – regardless of if it’s your first or second federal marijuana trafficking charge. 


You need a skilled attorney you can trust your life with to handle these serious federal Marijuana trafficking charges in Fort Lauderdale. Our skilled federal criminal defense attorneys at Rossen Law Firm will employ the best strategies and approaches to ensure your rights are protected and you get the best deal possible on your case. 

Rossen Law Firm never leaves a stone unturned and we will fight for you and your future.

Federal Marijuana Trafficking Defense Strategies

  • Not aware of the drugs in possession: In a scenario like this, if there is proof that the drugs were planted on you and you had no awareness that you were in possession of the Marijuana, it’ll be a significant defense in your favor.

  • Not enough evidence to prove ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ the crime of marijuana trafficking: One example of not enough evidence could be that there was not enough probable cause to be arrested in the first place. Another could be that there is simply not enough conclusive evidence to prove you are guilty of the crime which could result in charges being dropped or a not guilty verdict at trial. 

  • Evidence was obtained as a result of an illegal search and seizure: Evidence cannot be used against you if it was obtained illegally in a crime scene, or investigation. Dissecting your case and deposing the officers who arrested and investigated you is pivotal to determining if the evidence against you was legally obtained or not. If the evidence was illegally obtained, it can’t be used against you in court.   

Free Federal Marijuana Trafficking Defense Consultation in Fort Lauderdale

We handle Federal Marijuana Trafficking cases of all types across South Florida. With a serious case like this, you can contact Rossen Law Firm confidently because we know how to protect your rights and provide you with a personalized and aggressive defense strategy for your case.

We offer FREE strategy sessions so you know how we’ll work to get the best possible result on your case for you. We take the time to get to know you and learn about your case so we can tell you exactly how we’d get to work defending your federal marijuana trafficking charge. Give us a call today to get started.


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