Generally, a person is guilty of trafficking a substance when s/he sells, gives, transports, sends, administers, transfers or delivers the drug. The law that prevents trafficking substances is found in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) under Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule III, and Schedule IV.
This act is separate from the Criminal Code and regulates all controlled drugs and substance. In addition, there four schedules attached to it that list hundreds of substances and how they are regulated.
The maximum sentence for this offence is life in prison. In certain circumstances, this offence also carries a minimum sentence of one or two years in jail.
Did you Know?
Drug trafficking is often mistakenly thought of us transporting large amounts of drugs usually over great distances. It includes this, but can also be quite simpler. A person can be convicted of trafficking by simply sharing cocaine with a friend. The definition of drug trafficking also includes selling a prescription to another person.
If a person offers to do any of the things already described, that person can also be convicted of drug trafficking even if they never actually came in contact with any drug. Also if a person pretends that something is a drug they can be found guilty of this offence.
For example, if a person offers to sell baking soda to another person believing that it is actually cocaine they have trafficked or at the very least attempted to traffick a substance.
Lakin Afolabi is a drug offences lawyer who has successfully defended people charged with offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offence, Lakin Afolabi is an experienced drug offence lawyer that is available 24 hours a day at 519-495-0870.