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Drug trafficking involves the manufacture, sale, and distribution of controlled substances. It is considered one of the most serious drug crimes, as it affects the community as a whole and often results in associated offenses, such as gun violence. Connecticut has a few laws prohibiting conduct considered drug trafficking. Under these statutes, the crime is a felony, which means anyone found guilty of them can be ordered to years in prison. Additionally, a court may impose a fine of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Aggressively fighting your charge requires a sound grasp of the legal system and a firm understanding of the laws concerning your rights.

When you turn to the Law Office of James A. Saraceni, you'll have an advocate on your side who is intimately familiar with the law. Our Norwalk drug trafficking attorney served as a police officer for 27 years. Additionally, he has 40+ years of legal experience. Throughout our time as a law enforcement official, and now as a defense lawyer, we recognize that sometimes good people can find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, and innocent individuals can be falsely accused of crimes. Whatever your situation, we will diligently work to uncover the truth and develop a compelling defense that tells your side of the story. We are persistent in pursuing results and will work hard toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Schedule a free initial consultation by calling us at (203) 883-0722 or contacting us online today.

Manufacturing, Distributing, Selling, and Dispensing Controlled Substances

One of Connecticut's laws on drug trafficking is CGS § 21a-277. The statute prohibits anyone from making, selling, distributing, or dispensing controlled substances. It's also illegal for any person to possess a drug or drugs with the intent to engage in any of the aforementioned conduct.

In a distribution case, the prosecution must prove that:

  • The defendant sold or possessed with intent to sell a controlled substance;
  • The drug involved in the offense was a controlled substance; and
  • The defendant knew they possessed a controlled substance

The penalties for drug distribution under this statute depend on the type of drug and the defendant's criminal history.

For narcotic and hallucinogenic substances, the penalties are as follows:

  • First offense:
    • Maximum of 15 years' imprisonment and/or
    • Maximum of $50,000 in fines
  • Second offense:
    • Maximum of 30 years' imprisonment and/or
    • Maximum of $100,000 in fines
  • Third or subsequent offense:
    • Maximum of 30 years' imprisonment and/or
    • Maximum of $250,000 in fines

For non-narcotic and non-hallucinogenic substances, potential conviction penalties include:

  • First offense:
    • Maximum of 7 years' imprisonment and/or
    • Maximum of $25,000 in fines
  • Second or subsequent offense:
    • Maximum of 15 years' imprisonment and/or
    • Maximum of $100,000 in fines

Under CGS § 21a-278a, certain factors can enhance the seriousness of the offense and thereby increase the term of imprisonment.

If the defendant trafficked drugs to someone under 18 years of age and at least 2 years younger than the defendant, they will have an additional 2 years added to their sentence.

If the offense occurred within 1,500 feet of a school, public housing project, or licensed child care facility, an extra 3 years will be added to the prison term.

Drug Trafficking By a Non-Drug-Dependent Person

Connecticut also has a law concerning drug trafficking offenses committed by people who do not have substance abuse problems (CGS § 21a-278).

The statute provides that it's unlawful for any person to manufacture, distribute, or sell:

  • 1 ounce or more of heroin or methadone
  • ½ ounce or more of cocaine
  • 5 milligrams or more of a substance containing LSD

If a person is convicted of the offense, they may be sentenced to between 5 years and life in prison.

A person may also face charges if they traffic:

  • Narcotics;
  • Hallucinogens;
  • Amphetamine-type substances; or
  • 1 kilogram or more of a cannabis-type substance

The penalties depend on the defendant's criminal history and include the following:

  • First offense: Between 5 and 20 years in prison
  • Second offense: Between 10 and 25 years in prison

The penalties can also be enhanced if the offense involved a minor or occurred within 1,500 feet of a school, housing project, or child care facility.

Contact the Law Office of James A. Saraceni

At our firm, our Norwalk drug trafficking lawyer recognizes the seriousness of this type of charge. That is why we will invest the effort and resources necessary to seek a favorable result.

Get started on your defense by calling (203) 883-0722 or submitting an online contact form. Your initial consultation is free.


  • James A. Saraceni is a former police officer.
  • We offer free consultations to all our clients.
  • Put 40 years of legal experience on your side.
  • We offer flexible appointment hours.
  • We are committed to the best possible outcome.