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Question: What are the charges for cocaine possession to distribute?


The federal government has rules for the penalties federal judges can use against drug possession and trafficking.


Federal courts can sentence a person for up to 6 years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams) of marijuana. A life sentence can result from possession of a controlled substance that results in death or bodily injury of someone else. Possession of more than 5 grams of cocaine can trigger an "intent to distribute" penalty of 10 to 16 years in prison.


In Arizona, possession of nine grams of powder cocaine or 750 milligrams of cocaine base is considered "trafficking", with a sentence of 5 years prison.  A judge may sentence an offender to a minimum of 4 years in prison if special mitigating  factors are present, or a maximum of 10 years if aggravating factors are present. An offender convicted of trafficking is not eligible for suspension of sentence or release until the offender has served the sentence imposed by the court.


The various prosecutors - state and federal - will decide whether to prosecute an offender under state or federal law. 


6 thru 10 of 15 comments
On 10/15/07
t. e. from TN said:
If the police did not find no drugs on u how can they arrest u and then put u in the car and take u away and then find so called cocaine 10 minutes later and then put it on u and its a drug free zone then u get locked up just for a possession chagers what are u chances of geting out jail
On 09/11/07
gabbi from FL said:
if it is for yourself not to sell then it shouldn't be more than 6 to an year prision 5 years or more is way to much of a penalty
On 05/17/07
Domino from HI said:
Its so stupid to put someone away for so long for carrying coke yet someone who molests kids barely gets time and is put back into the community.if you have like 5 eightballs on you then that seems like intent to sell,but if you have 1.5 grams for your own use is 5 years a little much?the goverment only makes drugs illegal cause they dont profit from it.alsohol is worst than coke, it makes people a-holes and they cant drive when drunk.
On 01/13/07
Jackson from AZ said:
I think that these penalties are very harsh and (although unseemingly) very unjust. All too often the enforcment and penalties are targeted towards racial proliferation.
On 01/05/07
vinny from AZ said:
cokes so expensive its crazy a lot of people r makeing wayyy to much money off of it. before it was out lawed it was the sam price as alchol.
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