Two men from Zephyrhills, Florida, a father and son, are in jail after authorities in Ohio reportedly discovered four pounds of cocaine in their rented pickup during a search following a traffic stop. They allegedly found the drugs inside packaging for Lunchables brand snack foods. The 21-year-old driver and the passenger, his 41-year-old father, now face first-degree felony charges of possession and trafficking in cocaine. The charges carry potential penalties of $40,000 in fines and up to 22 years in prison for each man if convicted.
Fairly or not, rock concerts have a reputation as a hotbed of illegal drug activity, and this reputation may cause law enforcement to crack down excessively hard on suspected drug use at these events. Authorities in Licking County, Ohio, arrested four people on drug charges at a Gathering of the Juggalo concert in July of last year, one of whom was a Florida man charged with two counts of aggravated drug trafficking. In November, the man pleaded guilty to the fourth-degree felony charges, and a judge recently sentenced him to jail time and community control, also known as probation.
If you are like a lot of people in Florida, you might not fully understand what the term "drug trafficking" could refer to. Some people may assume that trafficking is simply another word for selling a drug. However, the legal definition of trafficking includes more than just the alleged sale of a substance.