Like most states, New Jersey punishes cocaine trafficking based on the quantity of drugs involved. For cocaine, the most serious penalties follow conviction for trafficking offenses involving five ounces or greater. This is a First Degree offense that carries a sentence of 10-20 years in prison, plus $500,000 in fines.
Trafficking in quantities of more than half an ounce, but less than five ounces, is a Second Degree crime, and carries a sentence of 5-10 years in prison, plus fines. Trafficking in less than half an ounce of cocaine carries a 3-5 year sentence, plus fines.
On top of the jail term and fines, drug offenses also carry forfeiture penalties, including cash, vehicles, and other property that the state can tie to the crime. Penalties are enhanced if the activity occurred within 1,000 feet of a school or school bus, or within 500 feet of a public park or building.
Trafficking cocaine in New Jersey is a serious crime that requires serious criminal defense. Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.