The courts in most states are much tougher on drug dealers than they are on users. Because politicians and legislators view drugs as a direct cause of illegal activity, they typically target the source. Many states prosecute suspected dealers to the fullest extent of the law. A conviction for the crime of possession with intent to sell a controlled substance is punishable by fines, probation, and jail or prison time.
Drug crimes are generally based on the type of controlled substance and the amount that was seized by authorities. A defendant may be charged with the crime of trafficking if he has a certain quantity of a certain substance. For example, if a person is caught with over 28 grams of cocaine in the state of Florida, he will be subject to the state’s mandatory minimum sentence for trafficking, which is 3 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.