Drug Trafficking Real-Life Kingpin
Narcos is a Netflix original series that has critics raving. The American crime thriller is a series based on the real-life drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. The series follows Escobar’s rise and fall as he traffics drugs made in Colombia.
The first season first aired in August 2015 with the story stretching 10 episodes. The second season has been approved and will air this year. Like most shows on television, it can be hard to judge how much is fact and how much is fiction. Regardless, if you have watched part of this series, you are not alone if it has raised lots of questions. Specifically, how does the United States handles drug trafficking?
Before, we tackle that big question, for those that haven’t seen the series, let’s give a little background on Pablo Escobar and some facts we know for sure about him.
Background on Pablo Escobar
Pablo Escobar was an infamous Colombian drug lord. He was a man who came from a poor background and became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine. At the height of his career, it is estimated that Escobar supplied 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States.
While the show, Narcos, goes in to great detail of how he rose to power and managed this notorious drug operation, what Escobar’s feared the most was being extradited by the United States. The US wanted to catch Escobar and bring him back to the United States to be put in a United States prison.
In Colombia, prison looked much different, and it was something Escobar would do anything to avoid. In 1991, Escobar surrendered to Colombian authorities under the deal that extradition to the United States was not possible. Escobar’s punishment was to be confined to his own private and luxurious prison that he designed in Colombia.
While the story of Pablo Escobar does not end there, one cannot help but wonder the ins and outs to drug trafficking and question how the United States handles drug trafficking charges.
Drug Trafficking in Michigan
Drug trafficking is the delivery or the distribution of illegal substances. When caught trafficking large amounts of illegal drugs in the United States like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, the charges can be severe. When drugs are carried across county, state, and national borders, it can lead to some of the harshest penalties that the law has to offer.
When drugs are moved across boarders like county, state and national – it will typically result in the DEA and FBI getting involved. This will increase the severity of the felony by means of money and prison time.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking in Michigan
When a person is charged with drug trafficking, one can expect to have both prison time and be charged with fines. In Michigan, a person convicted of drug trafficking will receive at least 20 years in prison up to life. Fines will be charged in addition and can range from $25,000 – $1,000,000.
The penalties for drug trafficking will vary depending on the situation. There are certain factors that will determine how harsh a punishment will be. For example, carrying less than 50 grams of cocaine a defendant might be charged with around 20 years of prison time and a $25,000 fine. However, factors like selling drugs around a school, selling drugs to minors, carrying a firearm, or having multiple convictions will impact the sentencing.
Facing Drug Trafficking Charges in Michigan
When being faced with drug trafficking charges, no matter what the circumstances are, a defendant needs to have strong legal representation that knows the ins and outs of the law. Having a criminal defense attorney with experience and expertise is what you will find at The David J Kramer Law Firm.
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