Of all possible drug crimes in the United States, trafficking is one of the most common alongside possession. In fact, drug trafficking is often combined with offenses such as possession and manufacturing. The reason for this is because drug trafficking is any crime associated with participation in an illegal drug network. Therefore, if a person is in possession of any type of illegal substance because they are involved in the drug trade, they could be charged with trafficking as well as possession for sale or possession with intent to distribute. Need an attorney for drug trafficking in Phoenix? You need to seek help from the best drug attorney in Phoenix.

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According to the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) Title 13, §§13-3402 through 13-3408 respectively, trafficking an illegal substance in Arizona can range from a class 6 to a class 2 felony, depending on the type of drug. The highest possible prison sentence for all types of drugs is a 10 year term. Fines can vary, however. Marijuana trafficking penalties could result in a $750 fine. Prescription drugs or dangerous drugs could incur a $1,000 fine, and narcotic drugs could result in a fine of $2,000. Such prison terms and high fines could cause severe damage to a person's financial stability, not to mention ruin their chances of future success.

This could happen to you if you don't fight false charges with the aid of a Phoenix drug crime defense attorney, so call MayesTelles PLLC today.


Trafficking is one way for drugs to come into the state of Arizona. Smuggling is one specific way for illegal importation or exportation of items. This crime involves secretly moving goods over country borders illegally. This is a specific type of trafficking crime that holds severe penalties. If convicted of drug smuggling you may be facing a stiff prison sentence and large fines. A Phoenix drug trafficking lawyer from our firm may be able to help build a strong defense and fight against these charges.

In order to be charged with smuggling, law enforcement must have had reasonable cause to search you and your property. Your constitutional rights protect you from unreasonable search and seizure so if that was the case, your charges may be dropped. Any violation of rules by the police or law enforcement may lead to invalid evidence. Rest assured that a skilled lawyer from our firm fully investigate the details of the cases that we take one to make sure your rights were not violated. Some common defenses to smuggling charges include:

  • There was not probable cause for the search
  • The police did not obtain a warrant before conducting a search
  • You were in the wrong place at the wrong time
  • You did not have the intent to smuggle drugs
  • You were not aware that you were involved in a drug smuggling activity

Oftentimes drug traffickers use innocent people to smuggle drugs into the country without them even knowing. Other times, individuals happen to be in the wrong place when the police raid a smuggling activity and just assume everyone is involved. Depending on the drug being smuggled, penalties could include many years in prison along with thousands of dollars in fines.

Fight against your charges by contacting a skilled drug smuggling attorney in Phoenix.


Need a lawyer for drug trafficking in Phoenix? By retaining an attorney from our firm, you could have the benefits of a former prosecutor on your side. Attorney J. Blake Mayes has experience as a former county prosecutor, allowing him to have insight into the thoughts and actions of your opponent. Our firm is dedicated to providing aggressive defense and obtaining the best possible results for each client, so if you have been arrested for a drug crime, call us now for a free initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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