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Drug Trafficking Archives

Heroin is more common than ever, and users aren't who you think

Last year, the Colorado Springs Police Department Metro Vice, Narcotics & Intelligence (MVNI) division reported that it seized more than seven pounds of heroin off of Colorado streets. The report is solid evidence of a truth legal and health care professionals have come to understand: that Colorado is not exempt from the recent surge in heroin use the United States is experiencing.

Build a proactive defense against trafficking, not a reactive one

Marijuana use may have been legalized in Colorado, but there are still plenty of restrictions involving the use, manufacturing, sale and distribution of the drug. It is also is an illegal drug on the federal level, which all means that criminal charges involving marijuana remain a real possibility.

Why Did I Get Charged With a Crime?

Often we have clients confused how they are charged with a crime when they were not actively involved with the crime itself.  The answer, they are charged under the theory of complicity.  Colorado has enacted the statute of complicity stating, "A person is legally accountable as principal for the behavior of another constituting a criminal offense if, with the intent to promote or facilitate the commission of the offense, he or she aids, abets, advises, or encourages the other person in the planning or committing the offense." C.R.S 18-1-603

How sending marijuana from Colorado can get you in trouble

As some will argue, one of the perks to living in Colorado is the fact that residents can use marijuana both medically and recreationally with little fear of violating federal drug laws that prohibit its use. But even though we have this privilege thanks to our own state laws, this does not mean that Colorado residents are unable to break federal laws without having crossed state lines.

Why a ruling in an out-of-state case matters in Colorado

As most people know, each state has the right to establish laws that determine what are considered unlawful behaviors and how a person will be punished for committing such crimes. Take for example the use of marijuana. Here in Colorado, both retail and medical marijuana are legal provided residents and visitors abide by the laws currently in place. In other states, this isn't the case.

A look at civil forfeiture in Colorado

Prior to some amending that took place in 2002, Colorado had a very interesting law that many residents didn't even know existed. Called civil forfeiture, it allowed police and law enforcement agencies to seize property from a person, even if that person was never accused of a crime or any charges were filed.

What is drug trafficking and what are the penalties?

As you may already know, any drug or specific substance that could be used as drug is always classified in a category, or schedule, that is used by the Justice Department. The schedule of the drug, ranging from one to five, correlates to the "drug's acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential," according to the Drug Enforcement Agency's website.

Taking marijuana across state lines can lead to criminal charges

Colorado has long had a healthy tourist industry fueled by our state's natural beauty. But when our state legalized recreational marijuana, people started visiting our state for other reasons. While the boost to our state's economy has been welcomed by some, it has not come without its problems either.

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