Sale of Narcotics

Most charges for selling or delivering drugs involve an elaborate sting operation. In most of these cases, a confidential informant acts under a substantial assistance agreement to set up another individual. In some cases, the person buying the drugs is actually an undercover officer.

The target of the sting operation can be charged with a crime related to the sale of narcotics as part of the "controlled buy." The most commonly asserted defense in these cases is the entrapment defense.

The penalties for selling drugs to another, especially when part of a sting operation, are extremely serious. In fact, the penalties for drug dealing in Florida are far more serious than the penalties for simple possession of drugs. Although charges for possession might be eligible for a diversion program, entering those types of programs is typically not an option when the defendant is accused of dealing drugs.

Attorney for the Sale of Drugs in Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you were charged with the sale of a controlled substance, then contact an experienced drug crimes attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Our drug crimes attorneys fight cases at the courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and throughout Broward County, FL.

We are familiar with the tactics used by narcotics officers with the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. We also understand how these officers used confidential informants who are working off a charge in a substantial assistance agreement.

Let us put our experience to work for you. Contact us at (954) 716-8538 today.


Types of Charges for Selling Drugs in Florida

Florida law provides for several different ways that drug crimes involving a sale or transfer can be charged including:

  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF AMPHETAMINES
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF ALPRAZOLAM (Used When Charging a Physician)
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF BARBITURATES
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF COCAINE
  • 893.13(2)(A)1 - PURCHASE OR POSSESS WITH INTENT TO PURCHASE COCAINE
  • 777.04(1) AND 893.13(2)(A)1 - ATTEMPTED PURCHASE OF COCAINE (use for sting operations only)
  • 893.13(2) - PURCHASE OR POSSESS W/INTENT TO PURCHASE OPIUM OR SIMILAR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF HALLUCINOGENIC
  • 893 .13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF HASHISH
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF HEROIN
  • 777.04(1) AND 893.13(2)(A)1 - ATTEMPTED PURCHASE OF HEROIN (use for sting operations only)
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF MARIJUANA
  • 893.13(2)(A)2 - PURCHASE OR POSS. W/INTENT TO PURCHASE MARIJUANA
  • 777.04(1) AND 893.13(2)(A)2 - ATTEMPTED PURCHASE OF MARIJUANA (use for stings only)
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF METHAQUALONE
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF SCHEDULE I SUBSTANCE/CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ANALOG
  • 893.13(1)(A) - SALE OF SCHEDULE II SUBSTANCE
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF SCHEDULE IV SUBSTANCE
  • 893.13(1)(A)3 - SALE OR POSSESS WITH INTENT TO SELL A SCHEDULE V SUBSTANCE
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF FLUNITRAZEPAM
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF METHAMPHETAMINE
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF ECSTACY/MDMA
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 SALE OF HYDROCODONE -
  • 893.13(2)(A)1 - SALE OF OXYCODONE
  • 893.13(2)(A)1 - PURCHASE OR POSSESS WITH INTENT TO PURCHASE OXYCODONE
  • 777.04(1) AND 893.13(2)(A)1 - ATTEMPTED PURCHASE OF OXYCODONE (use for stings only)
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF PVP WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF ALPRAZOLAM (XANAX) WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)3 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF BUPRENORPHINE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF FENTANYL WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF HYDROMORPHONE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF MORPHINE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF OPIUM WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF PHENCYCLIDINE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF TESTOSTERONE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF LSD WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF MARIJUANA
  • 893.13(2)(A)2 - PURCHASE OR POSS. W/INTENT TO PURCHASE MARIJUANA
  • 777.04(1) AND 893.13(2)(A)2 - ATTEMPTED PURCHASE OF MARIJUANA (use for stings only)
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF METHAQUALONE
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF SCHEDULE I SUBSTANCE/CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ANALOG
  • 893.13(1)(A) - SALE OF SCHEDULE II SUBSTANCE
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OF SCHEDULE IV SUBSTANCE
  • 893.13(1)(A)3 - SALE OR POSSESS WITH INTENT TO SELL A SCHEDULE V SUBSTANCE
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF FLUNITRAZEPAM
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF METHAMPHETAMINE
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OF ECSTACY/MDMA
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 SALE OF HYDROCODONE -
  • 893.13(2)(A)1 - SALE OF OXYCODONE
  • 893.13(2)(A)1 - PURCHASE OR POSSESS WITH INTENT TO PURCHASE OXYCODONE
  • 777.04(1) AND 893.13(2)(A)1 - ATTEMPTED PURCHASE OF OXYCODONE (use for stings only)
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF PVP WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF ALPRAZOLAM (XANAX) WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)3 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF BUPRENORPHINE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF FENTANYL WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF HYDROMORPHONE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF MORPHINE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF OPIUM WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)1 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF PHENCYCLIDINE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF TESTOSTERONE WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 893.13(1)(A)2 - SALE OR POSSESSION OF LSD WITH INTENT TO SELL
  • 499.0051(1)(A)(B)(C) - FAILURE TO MAINTAIN OR DELIVER TRANSACTION HISTORY
  • 499.0051(4) - SALE OR TRANSFER OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG TO UNAUTHORIZED PERSON
  • 499.0051(3) - PURCHASE OR RECEIPT OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG FROM UNAUTHORIZED PERSON
  • 499.0051(5) - POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL CONTRABAND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
  • 817.563(1) - SALE OF SUBSTANCE IN LIEU OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
  • 817.564(3) - SELL, GIVE, DISTRIBUTE OR POSSESS WITH INTENT TO SELL AN IMITATION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

Penalties for the Sale of Drugs in Florida

The penalties for the sale of drugs in Florida depend on a variety of factors including the weight of the drugs sold, the type of drugs sold, and the circumstances under which the drugs were sold.

For example, the sale or delivery of cocaine is a second-degree felony punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in Florida State Prison and a fine of $10,000. Sale or Delivery of Cocaine is classified with a severity ranking as a Level 5 under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code.

Like other drug convictions, you are also subject to a driver's license suspension for at least one year. Any professional accused of the sale of a narcotic in Florida is subject to having their professional license taken away during a disciplinary action.


Finding a Lawyer for Drug Sale Cases in Broward County, FL

The attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represent clients on a variety of drug crimes throughout the four courthouses in Broward County including the North Regional Courthouse in Deerfield Beach, Central Judicial Complex in Ft. Lauderdale, the West Regional Courthouse in Plantation, and the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, FL. 

Whether you are charged with simple possession or more serious offenses for the sale, delivery or trafficking in narcotics, we can help. With offices in Fort Lauderdale, FL, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. in Broward County, FL. Let us put our experience fighting drug cases to work for you. 

Call us at (954) 716-8538 today.


This article was last updated on Friday, April 27, 2018.

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