Drug trafficking is a serious crime. It endangers the public, puts youth at risk and often leads to gang violence. As a result, state and federal governments punish those found guilty swiftly and severely.
From 2006-2009, Ray Small, now 27, was a wide receiver for Ohio State. On April 3, 2014, Small was sentenced to four years in prison for drug trafficking. The charge came about after police searched the ex-Ohio State football player’s apartment and found an assortment of drugs including 407 oxycodone pills, 403 alprazolam pills (also known as Xanax) and more than 20 grams of heroin. He pleaded guilty to three felony charges. Small may be eligible for early release if he exhibits good behavior.
Under Ohio Revised Code § 2925.03, drug trafficking is defined as selling, offering to sell, shipping, transporting, distributing or delivering any controlled substance or drug when the alleged offender knew or had reasonable cause to believe the substance was intended for sale or resale to another person.
If you are arrested for drug trafficking, you have rights. To build a solid defense, follow the advice below:
Remain silent — There’s no reason to speak to police at all. If an officer insists on asking you questions, politely respond you are invoking your right to remain silent in order to protect yourself against self-incrimination.
Request a lawyer— You have a right to attorney representation. If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, the court will appoint a public defender to your case
Tell your attorney everything — When meeting with your lawyer, be honest and forthcoming about your case and the charges against you. Your attorney is prepared to listen to your story without judgment and help you develop an effective defense strategy.