Drug trafficking and importation are a very serious charges, relating to national efforts to reduce the importation of illegal narcotics into Canada. The crime of drug trafficking is a federal offence and if you have been charged, you need to speak to an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible.
Penalties for Trafficking Illegal Drugs
The Controlled drugs and Substances Act covers the area of law surrounding importing and exporting of illegal drugs under section 6(1). Except as authorized under the regulations, no person shall import into Canada or export from Canada a substance included in Schedule I, II, III, IV, V or VI (basically everything but Propylhexedrine, salts, and white and red phosphorus).
Possession for the purpose of trafficking is further identified under section 6(2) of the Act: no person shall, for the purpose of trafficking, possess a substance included in Schedule I, II, III or IV.
Every person who contravenes section 6, subsections (1) or (2) can be found guilty of drug trafficking. The punishments for drug trafficking have been reproduced below.
If the substance is included in Schedule I or II — you are liable up to imprisonment for life.
However, there is a minimum punishment of imprisonment for 1-year:
- If the offence was committed for the benefit of a criminal organization.
- If the person used or threatened to use violence in committing the offence.
- If the person carried, used or threatened to use a weapon in committing the offence.
- If the person was convicted of a designated substance offence, or had served a term of imprisonment for a designated substance offence, within the previous 10-years.
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Drug trafficking charges can be applied against anyone arrested and charged with importing marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamines, heroin, oxycontin, pain killers, and other prescription drugs into Canada. But you still have rights. Don’t accept that you will soon be alone in prison and unable to cross an international border ever again. Contact Regina Criminal Lawyers today and let us defend your drug trafficking charges.