Trafficking in Drugs in Ohio


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Trafficking in drugs is defined by the Ohio Revised Code in section 2925.03. Any person who knowingly does any of the following is guilty of trafficking in drugs:

  • Sell a controlled substance
  • Offer to sell a controlled substance

Additionally, any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe a controlled substance is intended for sale or resale and does any of the following is also guilty of trafficking in drugs:

  • Prepare the controlled substance for shipment
  • Ship the controlled substance
  • Transport the controlled substance
  • Deliver the controlled substance
  • Prepare the controlled substance for distribution
  • Distribute the controlled substance

Penalties for Trafficking in Drugs in Ohio

The penalties for trafficking in drugs depend on the type of drug, the amount, if it occurs in the vicinity of a school or in the vicinity of a juvenile, and the offender’s prior convictions for some drug crimes. Among other things, driver’s license suspensions, mandatory prison terms, reports to professional licensing authorities, mandatory fines, court costs, probation, parole, drug and alcohol treatment, forfeiture of property, and mandatory maximum prison terms are all possible penalties.

The following is a basic guide to the starting offense levels based on the type of drug being trafficked. The amount being trafficked as well as the offense occurring in the vicinity of a school or juvenile will increase these levels.

  • If the substance is included in schedule I or II, a felony of the fourth degree
  • If the substance is included in schedule III, IV, or V, a felony of the fifth degree
  • If the substance is marijuana, a felony of the fifth degree
  • If the substance is cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree
  • If the substance is LSD, a felony of the fifth degree
  • If the substance is heroin, a felony of the fifth degree
  • If the substance is hashish, a felony of the fifth degree
  • If the substance is spice, a felony of the fifth degree

For a more detailed examination of trafficking offense levels in Ohio, see our blog Drug Trafficking in Ohio- A Guide to Offense Levels.


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