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Federal Drug Crimes

Our New York Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers routinely handle Federal Drug Cases in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the Northern District of New York. If you have been charged with a Federal Drug Offense you need a skilled and experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer.

There are five commonly used federal drug statutes which the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection use to charge individuals with Federal Drug Crimes.

21 U.S.C. § 841 makes it a federal criminal offense to manufacture and distribute, or possess with intent to distribute, controlled substances such as Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Opium, Marijuana, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Ecstasy, MDMA, and LSD.

21 U.S.C. § 846 makes it a federal criminal offense to attempt and conspire to manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to distribute, controlled substances such as Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Opium, Marijuana, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Ecstasy, MDMA, and LSD.

21 U.S.C. § 952 makes it a federal criminal offense to import controlled substances such as Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Opium, Marijuana, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Ecstasy, MDMA, and LSD.

21 U.S.C. § 953 makes it a federal criminal offense to export controlled substances such as Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Opium, Marijuana, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Ecstasy, MDMA,and LSD.

21 U.S.C. § 963 makes it a federal criminal offense to attempt and conspire to import or export controlled substances such as Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, Opium, Marijuana, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Ecstasy, MDMA,and LSD.

Penalties for federal drug offenses are severe, and usually far more severe than for state drug offenses. The penalty scheme for federal drug offenses is set out in 21 U.S.C. § 841(b) and 21 U.S.C. § 960(b). Many federal drug offenses carry mandatory minimums.

21 U.S.C. §§ 841(b)(1)(a) and 960(b)(1) provide a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and up to life imprisonment, for the following federal drug crimes:

1 Kilogram of Heroin

5 Kilograms of Powdered Cocaine

280 grams of Cocaine base

1,000 Kilograms of Marijuana.

50 grams of Methamphetamine

21 U.S.C. §§ 841(b)(1)(b) and 960(b)(1)(2) provide a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison, and up to 40 years imprisonment, for the following federal drug crimes:

100 grams of Heroin

500 grams of Powdered Cocaine

28 grams of Cocaine base

100 Kilograms of Marijuana.

5 grams of Methamphetamine

Our experienced federal criminal defense lawyers are routinely able to get our clients lower mandatory minimum sentences, and even removing mandatory minimum sentences altogether, by either persuading the Government to reduce a charge pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(a) to a charge pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § (b)(1)(B), thereby lowering the mandatory minimum from ten years to five years or persuading the Government to reduce either of the foregoing charges to a charge pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(c) which does not carry any mandatory minimum.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a federal drug crime you should contacted a skilled and experienced Federal Criminal Lawyer without delay to ensure that your rights are protected. Our experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers offer free consultations 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are available on very short notice.