What happens if you mail drugs to another state?

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2021 | Drug Charges |

South Carolina is one of the few states that still doesn’t allow the medicinal use of cannabis — and you think that’s ridiculous. You live in California where the drug is even legal for recreational use, and it hurts your heart that your brother, who lives in S.C., continues to suffer from needless pain.

Should you just buy some edibles and try to sneak them through the mail? Do so and you’re taking a major risk — and so is your brother.

Mailing drugs is a federal crime — and the odds of getting caught are high

Sending drugs through the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx or UPS is a crime, and you can be prosecuted under 21 USC Section 841 for knowingly and intentionally distributing a controlled substance.

Even though it’s just marijuana edibles, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug that officially has no medicinal value. If you send less than 50 kilograms of the drug through the mail, you could face a $250,000 fine and five years in prison.

The person on the other end of the package could also go to jail

Generally speaking, if you mail someone drugs and they have no idea what’s in the package, they’re not guilty of any crime — but you can bet that investigators will take a hard look at electronic records, phone calls and other contacts between you and the recipient.

The odds are high that if you send your sibling drugs through the mail and the package gets intercepted, your brother will also end up facing drug trafficking charges.

Simply put: You really don’t want to risk that kind of behavior — even though your reasoning is understandable. If you do take the gamble and get caught, make sure you immediately take steps to protect your legal rights.


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