Nebraska defines drug trafficking as dispensing, delivering, distributing or manufacturing a controlled substance. Penalties for drug trafficking in Nebraska vary based on the type of substance and the amount. 

If you face this type of criminal charge, review the possible legal consequences of a conviction. 

Class I felony trafficking

Distribution of 10 to 28 grams of cocaine, crack cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine or heroin results in Class ID felony charges. Conviction carries a mandatory minimum of three years and up to 50 years in prison. Distribution of 28 to 140 grams is a Class IC felony. The mandatory minimum sentence increases to five years. More than 140 grams results in a Class IB felony, which carries a mandatory minimum of 20 years and up to life in prison. 

Class II felony trafficking

These charges apply to trafficking of any controlled substance in Schedule I, II or II considered especially hazardous besides those mentioned above. A conviction results in a mandatory minimum of one year and up to 50 years in prison. 

Substance in these schedules that do not fall into the especially hazardous category carry Class IIA felony charges. This conviction has no mandatory minimum jail time, but can result in up to 20 years in prison. 

Associated charges

Certain circumstances can result in elevated charges. For example, Nebraska courts will increase your charges by one level if you used a firearm to commit a drug trafficking charge. 

You may receive Class IV felony charges for possession of money derived from drug trafficking activities, even without possession of a controlled substance. A conviction for this crime carries a maximum prison sentence of up to two years and a $10,000 fine, with available probation in lieu of jail time.