Narcotic Drug Trafficking: A.R.S. 13-3408

Narcotic drug trafficking is a felony offense.

Narcotic Drug Trafficking: A.R.S. 13-3408

Drug trafficking involves transporting to sell, or with the intent to sell, illegal drugs. Arizona takes the trafficking of narcotic drugs seriously, and sentencing can vary based on the specific details of the drugs involved.

Arizona has an extensive list of drugs that are classified as narcotics, all of which can be found in the state’s definitions statute. Narcotics are a type of drug that dull the senses, often opium derivatives. Common narcotics include cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and oxycodone. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) provides a helpful Fact Sheet on narcotics.

According to A.R.S. 13-3408, trafficking narcotics is defined as:

  • Transporting narcotics for sale.
  • Importing narcotics into Arizona.
  • Offering to transfer narcotics for sale.
  • Offering to import narcotics into Arizona.
  • Selling or transferring a narcotic drug.
  • Offering to sell or transfer a narcotic drug.

Penalties for Narcotic Drug Trafficking

An individual who traffics narcotic drugs is guilty of a class 2 felony, which can result in incarceration of up to 12.5 years.

Additionally, the offender will be fined at least $2000 or three times the value of the narcotic drugs involved, whichever is the greater amount.

If the offender is granted probation, they will be court-ordered to perform at least 360 hours of community restitution.

If the aggregate amount of narcotics involved in the offenses exceeds the statutory threshold amount, the offender will not be eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon, or release from confinement on any basis until the person has served the sentence imposed by the court, the person is eligible for release, or the sentence is commuted.

The statutory threshold amounts of narcotic drugs includes:

Heroin – 1 gram

Cocaine – 9 grams

Cocaine base/Hydrolyzed cocaine – 750 milligrams

Fentanyl or Fentanyl mimetic substances – 9 grams

Individuals involved with narcotic drugs may also be charged with additional narcotic-related crimes, such as possession or manufacturing. All narcotic drug crimes are felonies. Contact an experienced defense attorney at Rideout Law Group today to handle your charges.



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