Understanding Drug Trafficking Laws in South carolina

December 7, 2023 |
Understanding Drug Trafficking Laws in South carolina


Drug trafficking laws don’t simply apply to the transportation of illegal substances, these criminal charges can also cover possession of illegal substances, growing these substances (marijuana), “cooking” or creating these substances, as well as drug distribution, selling, purchasing, or delivering controlled substances. This doesn’t only apply to illegal drugs, such as marijuana, methamphetamines, or cocaine, but also to controlled substances such as opiates. 

There is a minimum amount of illegal drugs or controlled substances that a person must have on them in order to qualify for the minimum requirements to be charged with drug distribution or trafficking. 

  • 1 ounce of marijuana 
  • 10 grams of cocaine, meth, or crack 
  • 4 grams of heroine
  • any opiates or other controlled medication or prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you 

Acid, MDMA, Molly, and psychedelic mushrooms can also lead to trafficking or distribution charges. In situations where a person is arrested for possession with intent to distribute, the gross amount of product on this person must be above these levels. If the gross amount of product is below these levels, these persons would be charged with possession, but not with the intent to distribute. 

However, even if you have lesser amounts of illegal drugs or controlled substances on your person, you can still be charged with trafficking and/or distribution charges if you are also in possession of certain drug-related paraphernalia, such as scales and individual bags, known as dime bags. 

Whether you intentionally were transporting drugs, accidentally carried illegal substances into a state where they are illegal, or a mistake somehow happened and you’ve found yourself facing drug distribution or trafficking charges, the thought of time in federal prison can be terrifying. Many people do not realize that simple misdemeanor possession charges can quickly turn into federal drug charges, with severe penalties, if even just one thing goes wrong. 

If you are facing federal drug trafficking charges, you should not do so alone. A drug trafficking allegation can change the course of the rest of your life, are extremely hard to have expunged, and will give you felon status in the United States, permanently taking away your right to own firearms in South Carolina, and your right to vote until your time in the court system has come to a close, including all parole after your release. Because these offenses carry such heavy consequences, it is important to choose a Greenville drug trafficking lawyer who will do everything they can to lower your charges and sentencing. 

At Fedalei & Reid Law, we are dedicated to reaching the best possible outcome, and lowest possible sentencing for all of our clients. We believe that every client that walks through our doors deserves the best possible representation possible. Through a free initial consultation, we will sit down with you, go over the facts and evidence of your case, and help you choose the best game plan for how to handle your charges. As experienced Greenville drug charge lawyers, we’re dedicated to providing the best possible defense, tailored to their case.