Transportation of Controlled Substance

Transportation of Controlled Substance

Drug Transportation


Both state and federal laws state that it is a crime for one to transport illegal narcotics from one location to another. Transportation of marijuana is proscribed by Health and Safety Code 11360. If the drug being transported is a controlled substance (i.e., methamphetamine), the defendant will be charged with violating Health and Safety Code 11379. If there is a significant amount of drugs or money involved, or if the narcotics and/or other drugs were moved across state lines or international borders, the individual may be prosecuted by state and/or federal authorities.

If you have been accused of drug transportation in San Bernardino or Riverside County, contact us before speaking with law enforcement. Your defense lawyer is often in the best position to gather favorable evidence overlooked by the police which could lead to a reduction in charges and/or outright dismissal.

Drug Transportation Penalties


If an individual is convicted of transporting marijuana or a controlled substance, the maximum time of imprisonment is two, three or four years in state prison. Depending on the quantity being transported, additional penalty enhancements could add up to 25 years to the underlying sentence. Besides state prison, a defendant could be given community service, local county jail, rehab and/or drug counseling, probation and monetary fines.

Potential Defenses


Common defenses to a San Bernardino or Riverside county transportation charge include challenging illegal searches and seizures, lack of intent and mistake. If you have been charged with this crime, contact an experienced attorney to start building your defense before evidence gets lost.

Our criminal defense attorneys are ready and willing to fight your drug transportation charge. Whether your goal is to knock it down to simple possession to get you drug diversion or challenge the cops on their illegal search, we are here to fight for you.

Our Results Speak for Themselves

Client charged with possession for sales and gang enhancement. Client faced 16 years in prison with the gang and prior strike allegation. Client turned down 8 year pretrial offer with prior attorney before going to trial. Not guilty on all charges at trial. (People v. Antwan B.)

Client charged with attempt murder, accessory after the fact and gang enhancement after shots fired at a dwelling. Client turned down 15 year pretrial offer. During trial, plea deal reached for probation with time served. (People v. Rudy B.)

Client charged with attempt murder, accessory after the fact and gang enhancement after shots fired at a dwelling. Client turned down 15 year pretrial offer. During trial, plea deal reached for probation with time served. (People v. Rudy B.)

Client charged with corporal injury to girlfriend after argument allegedly escalated. Client had significant exposure of 21 years because of prior strike, probation violation and GBI allegation. At trial, jury refused to convict client, returning hung verdict. (People v. Christopher P.)

Client charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale after traffic stop. Client claimed prejudice by prosecution’s delay in bringing the case to court. Motion filed on behalf of client asking the Court to dismiss the case as violative of client’s speedy trial rights. Motion granted and case dismissed. (People v. Shannon J.)