Drug Trafficking Criminal Charges

Drug trafficking charges in St. Louis in St. Charles carry with it State and Federal considerations. The primary difference between a state and Federal charge for drug trafficking is that a federal charge for drug trafficking will most likely come with a more serious sentence due to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. If you are charged with drug trafficking you should contact a drug crime lawyer to evaluate and defend your case.

What are the Different Degrees of Drug Trafficking in Missouri?

Drug Trafficking First Degree: B to A Felony

In Missouri, a person commits the offense of trafficking drugs in the first degree if, except as authorized by law, such person knowingly distributes, delivers, manufactures, produces or attempts to distribute, deliver, manufacture or produce:

More than thirty grams but less than ninety grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin;

More than one hundred fifty grams but less than four hundred fifty grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of coca leaves, except coca leaves and extracts of coca leaves from which cocaine, ecgonine, and derivatives of ecgonine or their salts have been removed; cocaine salts and their optical and geometric isomers, and salts of isomers; ecgonine, its derivatives, their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers; or any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of any of the foregoing substances;

More than eight grams but less than twenty-four grams of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base;

More than five hundred milligrams but less than one gram of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD);

More than thirty grams but less than ninety grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of phencyclidine (PCP);

More than four grams but less than twelve grams of phencyclidine;

More than thirty kilograms but less than one hundred kilograms of a mixture or substance containing marijuana;

More than thirty grams but less than ninety grams of any material, compound, mixture, or preparation containing any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system: amphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers; methamphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers; phenmetrazine and its salts; or methylphenidate; or

More than thirty grams but less than ninety grams of any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.

The offense of trafficking drugs in the first degree is a class B felony.

The offense of trafficking drugs in the first degree is a class A felony if the quantity involved is:

Ninety grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin; or

Four hundred fifty grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of coca leaves, except coca leaves and extracts of coca leaves from which cocaine, ecgonine, and derivatives of ecgonine or their salts have been removed; cocaine salts and their optical and geometric isomers, and salts of isomers; ecgonine, its derivatives, their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers; or any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of any of the foregoing substances; or

Twenty-four grams or more of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base; or

One gram or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD); or

Ninety grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of phencyclidine (PCP); or

Twelve grams or more of phencyclidine; or

One hundred kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing marijuana; or

Ninety grams or more of any material, compound, mixture, or preparation containing any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system: amphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers; methamphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers; phenmetrazine and its salts; or methylphenidate; or

More than thirty grams of any material, compound, mixture, or preparation containing any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system: amphetamine, its salts, optical isomers, and salts of its optical isomers; methamphetamine, its salts, optical isomers, and salts of its optical isomers; phenmetrazine and its salts; or methylphenidate, and the location of the offense was within two thousand feet of real property comprising a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school, college, community college, university, or any school bus, in or on the real property comprising public housing or any other governmental assisted housing, or within a motor vehicle, or in any structure or building which contains rooms furnished for the accommodation or lodging of guests, and kept, used, maintained, advertised, or held out to the public as a place where sleeping accommodations are sought for pay or compensation to transient guests or permanent guests; or

Ninety grams or more of any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine; or

More than thirty grams of any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine and the location of the offense was within two thousand feet of real property comprising a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school, college, community college, university, or any school bus, in or on the real property comprising public housing or any other governmental assisted housing, within a motor vehicle, or in any structure or building which contains rooms furnished for the accommodation or lodging of guests, and kept, used, maintained, advertised, or held out to the public as a place where sleeping accommodations are sought for pay or compensation to transient guests or permanent guests.

Trafficking drugs in the second degree: C to A Felony in Missouri

A person commits the offense of trafficking drugs in the second degree if, except as authorized by law, such person knowingly possesses or has under his or her control, purchases or attempts to purchase, or brings into this state:

More than thirty grams but less than ninety grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin;

More than one hundred fifty grams but less than four hundred fifty grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of coca leaves, except coca leaves and extracts of coca leaves from which cocaine, ecgonine, and derivatives of ecgonine or their salts have been removed; cocaine salts and their optical and geometric isomers, and salts of isomers; ecgonine, its derivatives, their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers; or any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of any of the foregoing substances;

More than eight grams but less than twenty-four grams of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base;

More than five hundred milligrams but less than one gram of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD);

More than thirty grams but less than ninety grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of phencyclidine (PCP);

More than four grams but less than twelve grams of phencyclidine;

More than thirty kilograms but less than one hundred kilograms of a mixture or substance containing marijuana;

More than thirty grams but less than ninety grams of any material, compound, mixture, or preparation containing any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system: amphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers; methamphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers; phenmetrazine and its salts; or methylphenidate; or

More than thirty grams but less than ninety grams of any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.

The offense of trafficking drugs in the second degree is a class C felony.

The offense of trafficking drugs in the second degree is a class B felony if the quantity involved is:

Ninety grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin; or

Four hundred fifty grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of coca leaves, except coca leaves and extracts of coca leaves from which cocaine, ecgonine, and derivatives of ecgonine or their salts have been removed; cocaine salts and their optical and geometric isomers, and salts of isomers; ecgonine, its derivatives, their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers; or any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of any of the foregoing substances; or

Twenty-four grams or more of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base; or

One gram or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD); or

Ninety grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of phencyclidine (PCP); or

Twelve grams or more of phencyclidine; or

One hundred kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing marijuana; or

More than five hundred marijuana plants; or

Ninety grams or more but less than four hundred fifty grams of any material, compound, mixture, or preparation containing any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system: amphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers; methamphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers; phenmetrazine and its salts; or methylphenidate; or

Ninety grams or more but less than four hundred fifty grams of any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.

The offense of trafficking drugs in the second degree is a class A felony if the quantity involved is four hundred fifty grams or more of any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains:

Any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system: amphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers; methamphetamine, its salts, isomers and salts of its isomers; phenmetrazine and its salts; or methylphenidate; or

Any quantity of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.

Drug Trafficking 1st Degree:

Drug Trafficking 1st Degree A Felony
10 years to Life
B Felony
5 – 15 years
Substance Amount Amount
LSD 1 g or more 500 mg – 1g
PCP 12 g or more 4-12 g
Cocaine Base (e.g. Crack) 24 g or more 8-24 g
Mixture including PCP 90 g or more 30-90 g
Heroin 90 g or more 30-90 g
Methamphetamine 90 g or more/ 30 g or more if within 2,000 ft. of school or in public housing 30-90 g
MDMA 90 g or more/ 30 g or more if within 2,000 ft. of school or in public housing 30-90 g
Cocaine 450 g or more 150 – 450 g
Marijuana 100 kg or more 30-100 kg

Drug Trafficking 2nd Degree:

Drug Trafficking 2nd Degree A Felony
10 years to Life
B Felony
5 – 15 years
C Felony
3-10 years
LSD n/a 1 g or more 500 mg – 1 g
PCP n/a 12 g or more 4-12 g
Cocaine Base (e.g. Crack) n/a 24 g or more 8-24 g
Mixture including PCP n/a 90 g or more 30-90 g
Heroin n/a 90 g or more 30-90 g
Methamphetamine 450 g or more 90-450 g 30-90 g
MDMA 450 g or more 30-90 g 30-90 g
Cocaine n/a 450 g or more 150-450 kg
Marijuana n/a 100 kg or more 30-100 kg

How Krupp Law Firm Helps your Case

The Krupp Law Firm closely looks at the evidence against you right from the beginning with the idea that any criminal charge might go to trial. We analyze your defenses and compare them to what sort of treatment you could benefit from in a drug court or treatment plan, rather than fighting the case. If the case needs to be fought, the Krupp Law Firm has experience on both sides of serious drug cases and has fought and won drug charge cases in court.