Interstate 20 running East and West through Birmingham is a well-known drug trafficking pipeline for narcotics. Multiple drug busts happen almost weekly from Alabama to Georgia to Louisiana according to Drug Enforcement Agents. The most common drugs seized are cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana, and are often in such large amounts they are measured in pounds rather than ounces.
Crime rates in the Birmingham, AL area have skyrocketed over the last two years, with a large portion of the crimes directly related to drugs. Whether the charges are possession, possession with intent to sale, trafficking, or other, it is rare to see an arrest without some form of drug charge attached.
In Alabama, the single charge of trafficking cocaine in amounts of more than 28 grams carries sentencing guidelines of no less than three years prison time and a $25,000 fine. As the amount of drugs a person is found with increases, the prison sentences and fines increase as well, all the way up to a $250,000 fine and life in prison.
Any person who has been charged with a drug crime, whether trafficking or lesser, should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Speaking with authorities, signing documents you don’t quite understand, or waiving certain rights can heavily impact your defense. Consulting with an attorney will ensure that your rights are protected, and negotiations with the prosecutor may be made on your behalf in an attempt to lessen charges or shorten a sentence.