Drug crimes can range from small possession to manufacturing and trafficking. Both Federal and State laws may be involved in charges and conviction. Potential severe sentencing and fines can result from drug crimes. Your rights when arrested and charged with a drug crime include the right to remain silent and to obtain an attorney. Criminal defense for drug crimes includes using facts, evidence, and testimony to reduce or eliminate the credibility of the prosecution's case against you.
"Drug trafficking and distribution laws make it illegal to sell, transport, and import illegal controlled substances like marijuana and cocaine. As a felony, drug trafficking and distribution is a more serious crime than just drug possession because it usually involves the transportation of a large amount of drugs. However, merely possessing large amounts of an illegal drug may lead police to believe that you intended to sell the narcotics and they may charge you with distribution. If convicted of drug trafficking, the sentence can be anywhere from 3 years to life in prison." Reference: FindLaw
Case study - see "Opiod Crisis Can Include Fentanyl" to right.
In Oregon, it is illegal to drive while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. When pulled over, the driver will take a breath test to determine their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If their BAC is over .08, then they will be arrested for a DUI. They can also be arrested if their BAC is below .08, but the police officer determines that they are too impaired to drive. There is no test or set standard for driving intoxicated with drugs as the effects vary with a person's tolerance. The main issue is that the officer determines that the driver was impaired as a result of his driving behavior. Police officers are specially trained to detect whether a driver is impaired as a result of intoxicants. Eyes, speech pattern, slurred words, responses to questions, can all indicate signs of intoxication.
In November 2021 in Oregon police seized more than 200,000 counterfeit opiod pills laced with Fentanyl from two trafficking networks. "They also seized more than $1.4 million in cash in suspected drug proceeds, authorities said. Both cells obtained large amounts of oxycodone, heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs from sources in Mexico, California and elsewhere, then transported the drugs by vehicle to Oregon, according to federal prosecutors. Once in Oregon, the drugs were processed in stash houses and prepared for sale. Local drug dealers would then distribute user quantities of each drug, federal investigators said. The cells routinely changed stash locations and rotated cars and phones to avoid detection, they said." reference: OregonLive