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Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Drug Crimes | 0 comments

Legal Penalties Resulting from Possession of Cocaine

Cocaine is one powerful and highly addictive stimulant, which has been classified as a Schedule II drug by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of the United States. A Schedule II drug refers to any illegal substance with a high potential for abuse; doctors, however, have the authority to administer it to patients for specific purposes.

The known largest consumer of cocaine in the world is the United States, where cocaine was first used in the late 1800s by workers in textile mills, railroads and factories. The drug served as a stimulant, to enable them to stay productive, despite extended hours of work. Today, though used the same way, that is, as a means to increasing functional activity, the drug is used more by well-earning employees, thus it earned the name, “rich man’s drug.” To the younger generation, cocaine is more famous under the name “party drug,” as party people use it to stay alert through the party’s end. Other names associated with cocaine are charlie, uptown, white dragon, toot, snow, dust, foo-foo, coke and so forth.

The addictive effects of cocaine make users take it more often, with the amount increasing on each take.

Like many other illegal substances, anyone charged with cocaine possession, is bound to suffer the harsh punishments imposed by the law. The United States Code (USC) of Controlled Substances Act exacts the following punishment and fines for mere possession of the illegal substance:

  • For first time offenders: up to 12 months behind bars plus a fine of, at least, a $1,000
  • For second time offenders : up to 24 months behind bars plus a fine of, at least, $2,500
  • For third time offenders: up to 36 months behind bars plus a fine of, at least, $5,000

Longer jail terms and higher fines are imputed to sellers and distributors of cocaine, and still much higher if injury or death can be connected to any activity involving this drug.

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