Sending Drugs Through the Mail

Sending Drugs Through the MailHave you thought about mailing out care packages to your friends or family? Some may consider mailing packages with controlled substances such as marijuana to someone they know. While marijuana is now legal or decriminalized in most states, it’s a crime to mail it and other controlled substances. Anyone who allegedly sends drug packages in the mail may be charged with a felony offense for drug trafficking.

Today, mail services like the United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS, and FedEx are frequently used to distribute drugs illegally. In 2018, law enforcement and Postal Service inspectors recovered about 96,668 pounds of mailed illegal drugs, which led to thousands of arrests. Most of the seized drugs were marijuana.

The criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm represent clients in Orlando and Central Florida who face charges for drug trafficking via mail. If you encounter these charges, we are here to help you tell your version of the facts and defend your freedom. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

What Does the Law Say about Sending Drugs Through the Mail?

Despite many states decriminalizing marijuana, it is still a Schedule 1 drug under Federal Law. The USPS is a Federal Agency with an inspection service team responsible for sifting through mail to uncover illegal items. When the USPS discovers any drugs in the mail, anyone involved may be charged with drug trafficking, depending on the quantity and type of drugs mailed.

Under 21 U.S. Code § 841, it is illegal to intentionally manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess with intent to distribute any drugs or controlled or counterfeit substances.

Prescription drugs are also illegal to mail under Federal Law unless you are an eligible entity registered as approved with the D.E.A. to ship drugs through the mail. If you are caught sending prescription drugs in the mail that you have not been prescribed, you may face criminal charges for prescription medication misuse.

What Types of Drugs Are Commonly Mailed?

Controlled substances commonly seized from drug packages in the United States include:

  • Marijuana
  • Amphetamines
  • PCP
  • LSD
  • Cocaine
  • Heroine

What Are the Potential Penalties for Mailing Drug Packages?

If you mail drug packages throughout the USPS, you may encounter severe consequences if you are caught. The USPS is a federal agency, so anyone who uses it unlawfully may be charged with a felony offense. If you’re arrested for mailing marijuana, even if it’s decriminalized in your state, the federal classification as a Schedule 1 drug carries a potential prison sentence of at least five years.

Other penalties are determined by the drug type and amount that’s mailed. Sending large quantities of marijuana or other illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin in the mail enhances the penalties.

It’s important to note that the sentences for mailing drugs pertain to the sender of the package and the receiver. If you know that someone is sending you a drug package, you are regarded just as guilty as the sender. For that matter, the person who knowingly receives a drug package may be charged with drug trafficking in the state where they received it and the state where it was sent.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Drug Mailing Attorney Today

The State of Florida is known to have some of the most stringent drug laws in the U.S. If you or a loved one has been accused of mailing or receiving drug packages, you must immediately secure qualified legal counsel.

Our criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are zealous advocates for clients in Orlando and throughout Central Florida. We take a personalized approach to each case to help our clients achieve the best results possible. Our motivating force is fighting for you to receive the second chance you deserve at each step in the criminal justice process.

Our dedication to obtaining favorable results for our clients is demonstrated by countless 5-star client reviews and recognitions, such as our “10.0 Superb” rating with Avvo. To speak with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer about your situation regarding mailing drug packages, schedule a free case review today by calling 407-228-3838 or complete an online contact form.