People may consider mailing drugs for several different reasons. A person may order certain drugs online, or one person may send a friend or family member drugs through the mail for very innocent reasons. Sometimes, people may even send drugs through the mail with the intention to traffic and distribute illicit substances. Regardless of the reason for sending drugs in the mail, it is important to know that in most cases, it is illegal. Below, our Monroe drug crime lawyer explains why.
What Drugs Can You Ship in the Mail?
Generally speaking, it is not against the law to ship over-the-counter medications through the mail, although there are some restrictions on certain drugs. On the other hand, it is always against the law to mail prescription medications, under federal law. The only entities who are allowed to ship prescription drugs through the mail are those who are approved by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). People who have an exemption to perform specific official duties can also send prescription medication through the mail.
Even entities who have special permission to send drugs through the mail must follow certain regulations. If they do not, they are likely breaking the law.
Who Can Be Charged After Sending Drugs in the Mail?
It makes sense that when someone illegally sends drugs in the mail, they can be criminally charged. However, it is not only the sender who can face consequences but also the receiver can, as well. According to the United States Postal Service (USPS), sending illegal or prescription drugs in the mail places postal workers and other employees at risk. When a package is found to contain drugs, the postal office will destroy it. They will also inform a law enforcement agency about the package, which can result in both the sender and receiver being criminally charged.
Many people receive prescriptions in the mail, but that does not place them at risk of being arrested for a crime. Drug manufacturers, pharmacies, and licensed dispensaries are allowed to send drugs through the mail. As such, receiving prescriptions in the mail will not result in criminal charges.
Exceptions for Dispensing Errors and Recalls
There are times when drugs are recalled or a pharmacy or dispenser makes an error and medications need to be returned. In these instances, it is not against the law to ship drugs through the mail, even if they are prescription. Still, the pharmacy or dispensary will have very specific instructions about how to mail the drugs, and these must be followed exactly. If you deviate from the provided instructions, you can still be criminally charged, and stating that you were unaware of the mistake is not a defense. Before sending any drugs in the mail, speak to a pharmacist or doctor first to make sure you are in compliance with the law.
Our Drug Crime Lawyer in Monroe Can Defend Against Your Charges
If you sent drugs through the mail and are now facing criminal prosecution, our Monroe drug crime lawyer at Whiddon Criminal Defense can defend against the charges so you retain your freedom. Call us now at 318-594-3592 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.