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What to know about drug offenses

Drug trafficking can occur in South Carolina and anywhere else in the world. It is considered a serious crime, and secondary crimes such as kidnapping or murder can occur during a drug trafficking operation. A variety of controlled substances from LSD to marijuana are produced, distributed and sold on a large scale. Many different agencies in the United States are tasked with investigating drug crimes such as trafficking.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the primary agency that looks to investigate and prevent drug crimes in America. It coordinates with a variety of sources such as local and state police and private citizens to carry out its investigations. Other agencies that help with drug crime investigations include the FBI and the ATF. In some cases, these agencies will work with Interpol to investigate and put a stop to drug crimes involving groups operating in multiple countries.

The penalties for drug trafficking or other drug crimes are designed to be a strong deterrent against committing them. For example, a person may lose property, pay a fine or spend time in prison. Putting a stop to the smuggling and sale of drugs is a top priority of law enforcement. This is because money raised from drug sales has been used to finance civil wars and other organized crime activities.

Generally speaking, drug offenses are considered to be serious offenses that can come with significant penalties. It may be possible to spend time in jail or prison even for a first offense. However, a plea deal might allow a person to be placed on probation or in a drug diversion program instead. Depending on the strength of a prosecutor's case, it may be possible for an attorney to get a drug charge thrown out or to obtain an acquittal.

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