When Does Drug Possession Become Drug Trafficking?


The difference between a charge of drug possession and a charge of drug trafficking can be a matter of a few milligrams of the illegal substance. Possession becomes trafficking when the amount in your possession meets these levels:

  • Marijuana (25 pounds)
  • Cocaine (28 grams)
  • Methamphetamine (14 grams)
  • Heroin (4 grams)

A gram below these amounts, and your crime is possession, not trafficking.

These minuscule differences can seem ridiculous if the amount you are arrested for crosses the arbitrary line and draws a trafficking charge. But the law is deadly serious, and you will need experienced representation to have these charges reduced.

Trafficking Charges Can Apply To Any Controlled Dangerous Substance.

Between simple possession and trafficking charges is the charge of possession with intent to deliver (PWID). As your drug possession defense attorney, Bellwoar Kelly, LLP defends individuals charged with the full spectrum of drug crimes, plus many others:

At Bellwoar Kelly, LLP, we are experienced in every kind of defense to dismiss or reduce the charges against you. These include entrapment, illegal search and seizure, whether the substances actually were in your possession and control, and lack of sufficient evidence to convict.

Drug Possession Defense For Pennsylvania And Federal Drug Charges

Drug charges are never a “slam dunk.” You need an attorney who knows the ropes, who knows the laws and relevant precedents, and who knows the courts. Bellwoar Kelly, LLP meets these criteria on every level.

If you have been arrested or are under investigation, the time to act is now. Call our lawyers at our West Chester offices at 610-314-7066, toll free 800-648-9946. Or send us your questions by email.