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- What is considered trafficking?Trafficking means that you were in possession of an illegal drug, and that you offered it, sold it, or passed it on to someone else. It is a serious offence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, with more severe penalties than possession of a narcotic. Possession for the purpose of trafficking is a separate offense as well.
- Factors that suggest traffickingAlthough it is not always clear whether someone is in possession for the purpose of trafficking, the police often rely on a number of surrounding circumstances to lay a charge. For example, a person might be charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking if they have a large quantity of drugs in their possession, or if they are caught with several small packages of drugs prepared for individual sale and an accompanying list of names. In the most obvious situation, if a person is caught actually selling drugs or trying to sell drugs, they will be charged with trafficking, even if the quantity they are trying to sell is small. Importing charges will also be laid if a person is caught entering Canada with illegal drugs in their possession.
- Penalties for traffickingThe maximum penalty for drug trafficking is life in prison. Most often, the penalty given by the court includes some jail time and probation.
Drug trafficking is a serious offence with serious consequences. If you have been charged with drug trafficking, you should consult a lawyer for assistance.