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Trafficking in Fentanyl

According to the 2020 Medical Examiners Commission Interim Drug Report, the term “fentanyl” was defined as:

“synthetic opioid analgesic supplied in transdermal patches and also available for oral, nasal, intravenous and spinal administration. Fentanyl is also produced illicitly and currently most fentanyl occurrences represent the ingestion of illicit fentanyl rather than pharmaceutically manufactured fentanyl.”

Florida Statute 893.135(1)(c)(1) prohibits knowingly possessing, selling, purchasing, manufacturing, delivering, or transporting 4 grams or more of fentanyl or any derivative compound (“Trafficking in Fentanyl”).

After an arrest in Hillsborough County, the inmate arrest inquiry page might list the offense as TRAFFICKING IN FENTANYL (4 TO 14 GRAMS) (DRUG3890). Simply possessing less than 4 grams of fentanyl is typically charged as a third degree felony.

The minimum mandatory penalties for fentanyl trafficking depend on the weight of the fentanyl including:

  • for 4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams of fentanyl – up to 30 years in prison with a 3 year min/man and a $50,000 fine;
  • for 14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams of fentanyl – up to 30 years in prison with a 15 year min/man and a $100,000 fine;
  • for 28 grams or more of fentanyl – up to 30 years in prison with a 25 year min/man and a $500,000 fine.

Trafficking in Fentanyl is charged as a first-degree felony. Depending on the amount of fentanyl, the charge might be classified with a Level 8 or a Level 9 offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code.

Attorney for Fentanyl Trafficking Crimes in Florida

If you were arrested for trafficking in fentanyl or another controlled substance, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm.  We can help you raise defenses related to insufficient evidence, an illegal search or seizure, entrapment, or substantial assistance.

Our five attorneys fight serious drug trafficking cases throughout the greater Tampa Bay area including Hernando County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, Hillsborough County, and Polk County, FL.

Our main office is located in downtown Tampa. We have a second office in New Port Richey in Pasco County.

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Report on Deaths Caused by Fentanyl

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors are focused on fentanyl traffic crimes because of the number of deaths being caused by the drug.

According to the 2020 Medical Examiners Commission Interim Drug Report, entitled “Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons by Florida Medical Examiners, for the first time since 2013, ethanol was not the most prevalent drug reported.

Instead, the most frequently occurring drugs found in decedents were:

  • fentanyl (2,838);
  • ethyl alcohol (2,814);
  • benzodiazepines (2,182);
  • cocaine (1,851);
  • cannabinoids (1,647);
  • methamphetamine (962);
  • amphetamine (942);
  • fentanyl analogs (905); and
  • morphine (870).

The report also concluded that the drugs that caused the most deaths were:

  • fentanyl (2,622);
  • cocaine (1,229);
  • ethyl alcohol (673);
  • methamphetamine (659);
  • benzodiazepines (595);
  • morphine (518);
  • fentanyl analogs (426); and
  • heroin (403).

The report also found that Fentanyl was listed as causing death in 92 percent of the deaths in which these drugs were found.


Additional Resources

Prosecution of Fentanyl Trafficking Organization – Visit the website of Florida’s Attorney General to find a press release explaining why the head of a fentanyl trafficking organization was sentenced to 50 years in Florida State Prison after a prosecution by the Office of Statewide Prosecution. The charges included trafficking heroin, trafficking fentanyl, and conspiracy to traffic heroin, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and the unlawful use of a two-way communications device to facilitate the commission of a felony.


This article was last updated on Thursday, December 30, 2021. 

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