Penalties for Drug Trafficking Offenses

Mandatory Minimum Penalties For Federal Drug Offenses

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The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 (hereinafter “The Act”) created severe mandatory-minimum prison sentences for people convicted of federal-drug offenses.

The table below lists the ranges of punishment for Heroin, Powder and Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, and Methamphetamine (Mixture) for first-time offenders.

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Drug Tables

HEROIN QUANTITYRANGE OF PUNISHMENTSTATUTE
Under 100 Grams0-20 Years21 USC 841(b)(1)(C)
100 Grams or more but less than 1 Kilogram5-40 years21 USC 841(b)(1)(B)(i)
1 Kilogram or More10 years-Life Imprisonment21 USC 841(b)(1)(A)(i)
POWDER COCAINERANGE OF PUNISHMENTSTATUTE
Under 500 Grams0-20 Years21 USC 841(b)(1)(C)
500 or More Grams but less than 5000 Grams5-40 Years21 USC 841 (b)(1)(B)(ii)
5000 or more Grams10 Years-Life Imprisonment21 USC 841 (b)(1)(A)(ii)
CRACK COCAINE QUANTITYRANGE OF PUNISHMENTSTATUTE
Less than 28 Grams0-20 Years21 USC 841 (b)(1)(C)
28 or more Grams but less than 280 Grams5-40 Years21 USC 841 (b)(1)(B)(iii)
280 or more Grams10 Years-Life21 USC 841(b)(1)(A)(iii)
MARIJUANA QUANTITYRANGE OF PUNISHMENTSTATUTE
Less than 100 Kilograms0-20 Years21 USC 841(b)(1)(C)
100 or more but less than 1000 Kilograms5-40 Years21 USC 841(b)(1)((B)(vii)
1000 Kilograms or more10 Years-Life21 USC 841(b)(1)(A)(vii)
METH (MIXTURE TYPE)RANGE OF PUNISHMENTSTATUTE
Less than 50 Grams0-20 Years21 USC 841(b)(1)(C)
50 or more but less than 500 Grams5-40 Years21 USC 841 (b)(1)(B)(viii)
500 Grams or more10 Years-Life21 USC 841 (b)(1)(A)(viii)

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Penalties for Drug Trafficking Offenses
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Penalties for federal drug trafficking offenses depend on the type and quantity of drug involved. The final sentence will depend on multiple factors including the sentencing guidelines and the Booker factors.
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Author: Genaro Cortez

Hi! I am Genaro Cortez, a DWI Attorney in San Antonio, Texas. This blog provides information on frequently asked questions about DWI charges and criminal defense.