Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

The table below represents various Federal penalties for crimes involving drugs and/or the trafficking/production thereof. Contact Houston criminal lawyer Tad Nelson at 713-659-0909 with any questions related to federal criminal charges.

Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V

(Minus Marijuana)

Federal Trafficking Penalties for Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V (except Marijuana)

Schedule Substance/Quantity Penalty Substance/Quantity Penalty

II

Cocaine
500-4999 grams mixture
First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs. and not more than 40 yrs.  If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. Fine of not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if not an individual.Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. and not more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment.  Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual. Cocaine
5 kilograms or more mixture
First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. and not more than life.  If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life.  Fine of not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual.Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life.  If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.2 or More Prior Offenses: Life imprisonment.  Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.

II

Cocaine Base
28-279 grams mixture
Cocaine Base
280 grams or more mixture

IV

Fentanyl
40-399 grams mixture
Fentanyl
400 grams or more mixture

I

Fentanyl Analogue
10-99 grams mixture
Fentanyl Analogue
100 grams or more mixture

I

Heroin
100-999 grams mixture
Heroin
1 kilogram or more mixture

I

LSD
1-9 grams mixture
LSD
10 grams or more mixture

II

Methamphetamine
5-49 grams pure or
50-499 grams mixture
Methamphetamine
50 grams or more pure
or 500 grams or more mixture

II

PCP
10-99 grams pure or
100-999 grams mixture
PCP
100 grams or more pure
or 1 kilogram or more mixture
Substance/Quantity Penalty
Any Amount Of Other Schedule I & II Substances First Offense: Not more that 20 yrs.  If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than Life.  Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs.  If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment.  Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
Any Drug Product Containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid
Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV)
1 Gram
Any Amount Of Other Schedule III Drugs First Offense: Not more than 10 yrs.  If death or serious bodily injury, not more that 15 yrs.  Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2.5 million if not an individual.Second Offense: Not more than 20 yrs.  If death or serious injury, not more than 30 yrs.  Fine not more than $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
Any Amount Of All Other Schedule IV Drugs (other than one gram or more of Flunitrazepam) First Offense: Not more than 5 yrs.  Fine not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if not an individual.Second Offense: Not more than 10 yrs.  Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than an individual.
Any Amount Of All Schedule V Drugs First Offense: Not more than 1 yr.  Fine not more than $100,000 if an individual, $250,000 if not an individual.Second Offense: Not more than 4 yrs.  Fine not more than $200,000 if an individual, $500,000 if not an individual.