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Over $1 Million Worth of Marijuana Intercepted in Forsyth County

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Forsyth County authorities reported that they intercepted more than $1 million worth of marijuana and THC oil in a storage unit in a warehouse. The unit has been reported to have contained 170 pounds of marijuana in plant form and more than 1200 THC oil vapor cartridges.

Interestingly enough, marijuana is not considered a scheduled substance. However, marijuana is regulated under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of trafficking marijuana in today's post.

Trafficking Marijuana in Georgia

Trafficking Marijuana in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-13-31 as:

When someone sells, manufactures, grows, delivers, brings into this state, or has possession of a quantity of marijuana exceeding ten pounds.

The offense of trafficking marijuana is considered a felony in Georgia. The penalty for a trafficking marijuana conviction depends on the amount of marijuana being trafficked.

  • Greater than 10 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds requires at least a five-year prison sentence and shall pay a fine of $100,000.00. O.C.G.A. § 16-13-31(c)(1).
  • Between 2,000 and 10,000 pounds requires a minimum sentence of seven years and a fine of $250,000.00. O.C.G.A. §16-13-31(c)(2).
  • Above 10,000 pounds, the minimum sentence is fifteen years with a fine of $1 million. O.C.G.A. §16-13-31(c)(3).

Practice Note

Drug Offenses in Georgia are penalized very harshly. The most significant penalties are with trafficking charges.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney today. We can help you understand your options and will help you with your case.

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Richard Lawson

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