Penalties for smuggling drugs depends on the scale of the operation. You can be charged with simple possession with intent to distribute. If law enforcement can prove multiple individuals were involved, you can be charged with conspiracy level offenses.
Punishments range from twenty years to life in prison for drug smuggling offenses.
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Brent Mayr: It depends, again, on how much information. You can find someone charged with possession with intent to distribute, all the way up to conspiracy level offenses if law enforcement is able to establish that there is multiple individuals involved, and so you can have some very severe punishments and penalties: sentences no less than 20 years, ranging up to life in prison for those types of offenses.