Possession for sale, trafficking, transporting for sale, and similar felony offenses in Northern Arizona, often occurring on I-40 and I-17 in the Flagstaff vicinity, or in Yavapai County, or Mohave County, or Navajo County, all come with serious consequences. Possession for sale charges are much more serious and are always charged as felonies. In Arizona, arrests are made and felony drug charges are filed when there is probable cause to believe the person has the intent to sell the drugs, the weight the drugs in your possession is over the threshold amount or a sale of drugs was made (for money or as a trade, such as marijuana for ecstasy).
A conviction of possession for sale charges results in mandatory prison sentences. It’s very important that you have an aggressive and well-trained lawyer if you’re charged with felony drug possession, and especially any Arizona drug crime involving the intent to sell, or sale of, illegal drugs. Transportation of drugs for sale is another extremely serious felony offense in Arizona. Much like possession of drugs for sale, transportation of drugs for sale charges are felony charges and often result in serious mandatory prison sentences if the weight of the drugs exceeds the threshold amount. Here, once again, are the “threshold amounts” defined by Arizona statutes:
- Marijuana – 2 pounds
- Methamphetamine – 9 grams
- Amphetamine – 9 grams
- Cocaine – 9 grams (powder form); 750 milligrams (rock form)
- Heroin – 1 gram
- LSD – ½ milliliter (liquid form); 50 dosage units (blotter form)
- PCP – 4 grams or 50 milliliters
So why do the threshold amounts of drugs matter in Arizona? The possession of drugs at or above the following threshold amounts requires a mandatory sentence in the Arizona Department of Corrections. This means that probation is not available. If convicted, you go to prison. The judge has no other options. The prosecution presumes that when a person has the threshold amount of drugs in his or her possession that the drugs are for sale, even if in reality they were not. Felony drug carges in Flagstaff, Coconino County, Yavapai County, or anywhere across Northern Arizona, are very serious in nature and deserve the attention and expertise of an agressive criminal defense lawyer.