Last month Las Vegas police arrested eight illegal immigrants for allegedly committing the Nevada crime of drug trafficking. Law enforcement seized 212 pounds of drugs valued at nearly six million dollars. It was the biggest methamphetamine bust in the state's history.
The Nevada crime of drug trafficking is when a person knowingly sells, makes, or delivers a large quantity of schedule I or II drugs. Trafficking laws do not apply to schedule III, IV or V drugs. Typical defenses include that the drugs didn't weigh enough to count as trafficking or that the police performed an illegal search and seizure of the drugs.
Penalties for drug trafficking depend on the schedule of drugs and the quantity. For instance, trafficking 28 grams or more of a schedule I drug may carry as much as a life sentence. In contrast trafficking, less than 200 grams of a schedule II drug may carry as little as one year in prison.
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