Drug trafficking convictions are sentenced pursuant to G.S. 90-95(h), based on the total quantity of drugs trafficked rather than the normal rules of structured sentencing.

Drug trafficking sentences are usually mandatory, but if the defendant provides the state with “substantial assistance” in the investigation or prosecution of related cases, the court may reduce the punishment.

To calculate a drug trafficking sentence using the app developed by James Markham and Steve Winsett, see here for desktop or here for mobile.

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