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Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is the possession with the intent to distribute or the actual distribution of a certain threshold quantity of drugs. The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt all of the elements associated with possession as well as the particular amount of the drugs charged in the indictment. Trafficking is the most serious of all Massachusetts drug crimes. Associated with all drug trafficking convictions is Massachusetts is a mandatory minimum state prison sentence that must be served before parole is possible. All drug trafficking laws in Massachusetts state courts are set out in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C Section 32E.

Marijuana Trafficking

If you are convicted of trafficking marijuana Class D you face the following penalties:

  1. For a conviction of trafficking 50 pounds or more you face 2 ½ to 15 years in state prison or 1 to 2 ½ years in jail. A conviction carries a minimum mandatory 1 year sentence.
  2. For a conviction of trafficking 100 pounds but less than 2000 pounds you face 2 to 15 years in state prison. There is a minimum mandatory 2 year sentence to be served.
  3. For a conviction of 2000 pounds and less than 10,000 pounds the sentence can range from 3 ½ to 15 years in state prison. The minimum mandatory sentence is 3 ½ years.
  4. If convicted of trafficking 10,000 pounds or more the sentence ranges from 8-15 years. The minimum mandatory sentence is 8 years.
Cocaine Trafficking

Cocaine trafficking in Massachusetts Class B is considered more serious than marijuana trafficking. If you are convicted of cocaine trafficking you can be sentenced as follows:

  1. 18 grams but less than 28 grams provides for 2 to 15 years in state prison. The minimum mandatory sentence you must serve is 2 years.
  2. 36 grams but less than 100 grams provides for a 3 ½ to 20 year prison sentence. 3 ½ years of this sentence is a minimum mandatory that must be served.
  3. 100 grams but less than 200 grams has a prison sentence that ranges from 8 to 20 years. 8 years of this sentence is a minimum mandatory.
  4. 200 grams or more requires a sentence of 12-20 years. The minimum mandatory is 12 years.
Heroin Trafficking

Heroin trafficking Class A is treated as the most severe of all trafficking crimes in Massachusetts. The sentences associated with the various quantities of heroin are as follows:

  1. At least 18 grams but less than 36 grams requires a mandatory minimum 3 ½ year sentence. The maximum is 20 years.
  2. At least 36 grams but less than 100 grams requires a mandatory minimum 5 year prison sentence. The maximum is 20 years.
  3. At least 100 grams but less than 200 grams requires a mandatory minimum 8 year prison sentence. The maximum is 20 years.
  4. At least 200 grams requires a mandatory minimum 12 year prison sentence. The maximum is 20 years.
Fentanyl Trafficking

The legislature has recently amended this statute to include a section specifically targeting Fentanyl trafficking Class A. The sentence now associated with Fentanyl trafficking is as follows:

  1. 10 or more grams of Fentanyl, or any derivative thereof, requires a mandatory minimum 3 ½ year prison sentence. The maximum sentence is 20 years.
Winning Drug Trafficking Cases in Massachusetts for Nearly 3 Decades

Attorney Neyman has been defending drug trafficking in Massachusetts and throughout the country for nearly thirty years. We have an unparalleled track record of success. We have won cases with motions to dismiss. We have secured victory by winning motions to suppress illegal searches and seizures thereby making the district attorney’s case unprovable. We have won countless drug trafficking cases by going to trial and winning. Our results speak for themselves. We know how to win these cases.

Case Results » Drug Trafficking
  • Bail in 12 Year Mandatory Drug Trafficking Case Reduced

    Our client is charged with trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine in violation of G.L. c. 94C section 32E. After his arraignment he hired our office to defend him. We appeared today for his probable cause hearing. The prosecution was not ready and candidly indicated that they would not be able to proceed until a date in mid December. Based on that change of circumstances we moved for a reduction in bail which the defendant had already posted. The judge agreed and reduced the bail in half. 

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  • Superior Court Drug Trafficking Charges Reduced to Possession With Intent to Distribute and Client Avoids Prison by Getting Probation Only

    In July of 2018 our client and another individual were in a car driving into a highly trafficked narcotics neighborhood. The vehicle made several suspicious maneuvers that caught the attention of local drug enforcement officers who were conducting surveillance of a particular home. This car eventually parked in front of that home. One of the individuals exits the car and enters the property under investigation. Our client, the driver remains in the vehicle. Several minutes later the police see the other man exit the house with a box in his hands. Our client then gets out of the car and opens the trunk. He places the box in the well where the spare tire should be. The officers witness the entire incident and decide to follow the car. It stops to get gas at which time the officers confront our client. They ask for his permission to open the trunk. He agrees to do so. The officers ask him to open where the spare should be. They see the box and ask the defendant what is in it. He tells them that it is cocaine. In fact it is 21.5 grams of cocaine sufficient for a charge of trafficking under G.L. c. 94C section 32E and a mandatory 2 year state prison sentence. The passenger was also charged. He took a deal in the district court for one year in the house of correction. With our advice, our client chose to fight the case. He was indicted to the Superior Court however we were able to negotiate a plea to a lesser charge, possession with intent under G.L. c. 94C section 31. Moreover, the assistant district attorney agreed to probation only for our client. 

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  • Charges of Reckless Endangerment of a Child Against Young Mother Continued Without a Finding in Superior Court

    Several months ago our client was charged with several crimes stemming from an incident in which her child accidentally ingested fentanyl requiring hospitalization. The indictment charged trafficking fentanyl G.L. c. 94C section 32E, possession of a large capacity firearm G.L. c. 269 Section 10m, possession of ammunition G.L. c. 269 Section 10H and Child Endangerment G.L. c. 265 Section 13L. Attorney Neyman recently succeeded in getting the firearm, trafficking and ammunition charges dismissed. After some intense negotiations and with the agreement of a reasonable and compassionate prosecutor the remaining charge of Child Endangerment was continued without a finding in the Superior Court. This is a rare and exceptional result. After a successful completion of probation this charge will be dismissed and the woman will have no criminal record. 

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